He's hot, and he's tired. But Brandon Williams would wish to be nowhere else, especially not the training room. The Cowboys linebacker is enjoying organized team activities after spending his rookie season on injured reserve.
"It feels good to be out here with the fellas and stuff like that, man, being active, going full speed and being 100 percent," Williams said. "I mean it feels real good to be out here once again after missing out on the whole year, not being an outcast in the training room all the time. It's a blessing."
Williams, a former South Hills and Texas Tech star, was a fourth-round draft pick last season. The Cowboys had high hopes for him to contribute as a rookie. But Williams, who had never previously had a major injury, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while covering a punt in a preseason game against the Titans. He had surgery and was placed on injured reserve.
It took until the second week of OTAs for the Cowboys to see the same player they saw in the preseason last year. But Williams is back.
"He looked good today," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said Monday. "It was the first day he really let loose. He was kind of feeling his way last week. Today, he was coming off the ball like he did last year."
Williams said his knee is 100 percent. He only feels an occasional ache, nothing to complain about.
He has changed sides, now backing up DeMarcus Ware.
"It's a lot easier," Williams said. "It's more like college. It's rushing the passer, and that's pretty much what I do."
-- Charean Williams