TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -Tampa Bay running back Carnell ``Cadillac'' Williams got some encouraging news Monday. The second knee injury he's suffered in the past 15 months is not as severe as the first.
Williams tore the patellar tendon in his left knee when he was tackled at the end of a 28-yard run during Sunday's season-ending loss to the Oakland Raiders. He suffered a career-threatening injury to his right knee in September 2007 and was sidelined until six weeks ago.
But the fourth-year pro said that unlike last season when the patellar tendon in his right knee was ruptured, the tendon pulled away from the bone this time and should be simpler to repair and require less recovery time.
``This process should be much easier,'' Williams said, adding that former Tampa Bay teammate and current Carolina kick returner Mark Jones suffered a similar injury when he was with the Bucs.
``After six, eight weeks he was rolling, so right now I'm just hoping for the best and hoping that's it.''
178 yards and six touchdowns, Williams' production has been limited the past three seasons because of injuries. He missed the final 12 games of 2007 after undergoing surgery on his right knee and sat out the first 10 games of this year.
On Sunday, he was having his best game since being activated from the physically unable to perform list in November. In addition to scoring two touchdowns and rushing for 78 yards on 12 carries, he also had a team-high five receptions for 37 yards against the Raiders.
``It's tough. I was getting a few carries. I was beginning to feel like my old self,'' Williams said. ``My right knee, which is now my good knee, is feeling good. It's just a freak accident.''
If his rehab goes well, Williams expects to play next season.
``It'll be another grueling process for him,'' coach Jon Gruden said. ``I was just excited to see him come back to life as a ball carrier. I thought he caught the ball well. All indications are that he has a chance to be ready for training camp.''

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Seahawks' Season Win Total Prediction Will the Seattle Seahawks win at least 11 games in 2015 after falling short in the playoffs last season?
Thumbnail Packers Season Win Prediction After failing to win the NFC North last season, will the Green Bay Packers get back on track this season?
Thumbnail Bucs vs. Jaguars Free Pick Will tonight's Buccaneers and Jaguars game at 7:30PM ET be high-scoring for preseason bettors?
Thumbnail Broncos welcome 49ers to Mile High City For those who thought the Broncos’ internal quarterback debates were a thing of the past, guess again.
Thumbnail Panthers vs. Titans Free Pick Will the Titans beat the Panthers today at 3:45PM ET and pick up their second straight win in the preseason?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages