TAMPA — Finally, some good news for Cadillac Williams.
The Bucs running back said Monday that he injured the patellar tendon in his left knee but confirmed this injury isn't as severe as the patellar tear in his right knee in 2007.
This time, Williams said, the tendon tore away from the bone rather than rupturing. Such an injury requires a shorter recovery time and is more easily repaired. The hope is he'll be back on the field for training camp next year.
Former Bucs receiver Mark Jones suffered a similar injury last season and returned to become the Panthers' leading kick and punt returner this fall.
"If it's the way it's been explained, it's more like the Mark Jones tear," Williams said. "After six to eight weeks, he was rolling. Right now, I'm just hoping for the best. I'll go ahead and have surgery and look forward to rehab."
After Williams ruptured the right patellar tendon, he was out 14 months before returning to play in November. This rehabilitation period will be shorter, but the injury is still a setback for Williams, who looked like he was nearing his old form.
"It's tough," he said. "I was getting a few carries here and there and starting to feel like my old self. My right knee, which is now my good knee, was feeling good. It's just a freak accident. Right now, I have no luck."
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