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November 18, 2013

Banged-up Bills get chance to rest during bye week

ORCHARD PARK —  Slowly shuffling his way through the Bills locker room Monday, Kyle Williams acknowledged how much he was looking forward to getting a week off and the opportunity to put his feet up.

His surgically repaired yet still sore right foot, in particular.

"I need it," the defensive tackle said. "I think we all do."

Williams and his teammates are finally getting a chance to rest and recover with Buffalo entering its long-awaited bye weekend.

The break comes as a much-needed reward for Williams, who played a dominant role in helping the Bills (4-7) snap a three-game skid with a 37-14 win over the New York Jets on Sunday.

The eight-year veteran had two of four sacks to give him a career-best seven this season. He also had a hand in one of four takeaways. Williams forced quarterback Geno Smith's fumble during a decisive three-minute span in which Buffalo scored 17 points late in the first half.

It wasn't until in the locker room afterward when it became apparent how much pain Williams has been experiencing since having surgery in February to remove bone spurs. Not looking forward to wearing his stiff dress shoes, Williams asked teammate Alan Branch if he could borrow his sneakers.

"It's going to continue to heal," said Williams, who had a similar operation on his left foot the previous season. "But my right foot's sore every day, especially after the game."

Williams normally gets Wednesday off in practice each week to get an extra day of rest. Now, he'll get a full seven days before Buffalo returns to practice to prepare to host Atlanta in the Bills annual "home" game at Toronto on Dec. 1.

"I think it's important for all of us to be able to get off our feet, heal as much as we can," Williams said. "You've been going since training camp. So even if it's just a few days, it's time to decompress, get away from it, and then come back next week ready to go."

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