Cleveland Browns: The odd K’Waun Williams suspension
By Joel W. Cade
The Cleveland Browns have suspended corner K’Wuan Williams for two weeks and one paycheck for violations of multiple team rules.
The Cleveland Browns announced on Tuesday that they have suspended cornerback K’Wuan Williams for two weeks, including one game pay check for “multiple violations of team rules.” The fine amounts to 1/17 of his $600,000 salary this season or $35,294 according to Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.
The “multiple violations of team rules” stems from K’Wuan Williams making himself unavailable for last Friday’s exhibition at Green Bay. According to Cabot, sources claim that Williams left Green Bay telling the Browns he was retiring only to return claiming his ankle was injured. Sources close to Williams claims he made the team aware his unavailability was due to an injured ankle. Ian Rapport tweeted that Williams was unhappy and opted not to play because Jamar Taylor was starting at Nickel CB ahead of him.
Regardless of what happened, Williams’ injured ankle has become center of the drama.
Williams First Ankle Injury: K’Wuan Williams has a history of ankle injuries to go along with his well-documented history of concussions. Williams first began dealing with the ankle injury during OTAs. At this time, he received an MRI and X-Rays that reportedly show bone spurs.
Ankle Aggravated at Orange and Brown Game: Williams reportedly aggravated the ankle injury during the Orange and Brown game. The aggravation occurred while attempting to cover Rashard Higgins.
Even though he is not featured in the clip, one can see Williams limping after the play. He reportedly received treatment for the ankle that day. He received further treatment on the ankle including the day before the exhibition at Green Bay.
Williams Leaves Green Bay: For whatever reason, Williams did not play during the Green Bay game. Here is where the confusion begins. Did he leave the team for a second opinion on the ankle? Was he upset about Jamar Taylor starting at nickelback? Was he upset then left only to calm down and return claiming an ankle injury?
There seems to be a lot of miscommunication occurring.
Regardless, the Browns feel they are clear enough on the matter to levy a two-week suspension and a fine of one game check. It is expected that Williams will appeal the suspension and fine.
According to Williams’ agent Evan Krakower, Williams is scheduled to have a second opinion on the ankle at 5 P.M. today and will suspend comment or taking action on the issue pending results of the exam.
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This is exactly the type of drama the Cleveland Browns are looking to eliminate.