Sometimes, things just aren’t meant to be.
For offensive tackle Brennan Williams, that appears to be the case for his career as a Houston Texan, but he is optimistic that is not the case for his NFL career overall.
As reported earlier today, the Texans released Williams Monday afternoon with a failed physical designation. Since being drafted in the third round of the 2013 draft, Williams’ time in Houston had been star crossed from the second day of rookie minicamp in 2013, when a knee injury sustained in drills wound up requiring minor surgery.
He returned to play in one preseason game, but shortly thereafter it was determined that he would need microfracture knee surgery that ended his rookie year.
Williams was hopeful of competing for the starting right tackle spot in 2014, but was held out during OTA’s.
Williams, who is popular on social media, expressed his appreciation for the city of Houston, the fans, and the opportunity in the following tweet:
“I want to thank the Texans and the city of Houston for the great opportunity! It didn’t work out how anyone planned, but I am still the same player who was drafted last year. Right now the key is getting healthy and getting back on this horse–don’t worry about me I’ll be back soon! Thanks for your prayers and support I am truly blessed. You can’t keep the the GBO down.”
Via text message to Sports Radio 610, Williams said the team and player were both in a tough spot: “It’s just a tricky situation with me coming off of the injury, [the Texans] aren’t in a position to be taking any risks at the tackle position. They saw something they were a little concerned about, and made their decision.”
Williams remained highly optimistic that he would continue his NFL career elsewhere: “It’s still early, but there has been interest from other teams. We will see how it plays out.”
Ever the positive thinker, Williams was emphatic that he will be better for this: “Football is a business, but it’s all right. I’ll land on my feet!”
Williams’ release leaves the Texans with six remaining draft picks from the 2013 haul on the roster. Sixth round pick Chris Jones was a frequent starter for the New England Patriots as a rookie in 2013, and third round pick Sam Montgomery was released in the wake of discipline issues off the field in 2013.
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