8 Cleveland Browns rehabbing major injuries this season
5. Greedy Williams is rehabbing nerve damage in his shoulder
Cornerback Greedy Williams, another outstanding member of the Cleveland Chapter of the Louisiana State University Alumni Association, suffered axillary nerve damage to his shoulder which kept him out of action the entire 2021 season. By coincidence, his injury was suffered during the same practice as Delpit’s ruptured Achilles tendon.
It was a frustrating injury because it was initially assumed to be a minor injury that might clear up at any time, but it never did, and eventually, he missed the entire season.
According to sportsinjuryclinic.net, the axillary nerve is a major nerve that runs from the cervical vertebrae in the spine to the upper arm, through the general area of the armpit. Lee et al. indicate that it can be damaged by sudden impact, blunt trauma, or dislocation. Each case varies from person to person. In some cases, an athlete can compensate for nerve damage. Williams’ case seems to have been severe enough that his shoulder became numb and he lost the ability to move his arm.
Internet trolls are certain that there is no such thing as axillary nerve damage and that Williams is just lazy. Those people are beyond contempt. They know nothing about what is inside the man’s heart, disbelieve coach Kevin Stefanski, disbelieve the training staff and the medical opinions of the best medical professionals in the business.
Definitely, every person has a right to their own opinion, but man, it seems like some people who are supposedly fans of the Cleveland Browns go out of their way to find the most anti-Browns opinions they can find.
The vast majority of fans, however, are behind Greedy Williams and supporting his efforts to come back in every way possible.
The word out of Berea is that Williams has made every effort to rehab the shoulder. Progress has been slow, though Williams remains upbeat and the coaching staff and training staff believe he is on schedule for a return this season. However, according to Jeff Schudel of the News-Herald, Williams has still not been fully cleared for contact in drills.
Because of the unusual nature of Williams’ injury, it is difficult to say whether he will achieve complete recovery and whether he will be susceptible to a recurrence in the future. At this point, it seems way premature to assign him to a key position in the depth chart. We will just have to see what happens in summer camp, and how he responds.
Another injury that is difficult to characterize is the one suffered by Richard LeCounte III, the safety drafted from the University of Georgia Bulldogs.