Jets starting defensive end Leonard Williams, who suffered a bone bruise in his left wrist during the preseason, said Monday it’s almost completely healed and that he got rid of his cast four weeks ago.
“I’m feeling really good physically,” Williams said after the Jets’ first practice after their bye week.
“The beginning of the season, I don’t want to use any excuses, but I saw on film my wrist was definitely affecting me. I was playing with a cast and I saw that I wasn’t really shooting my hand as effectively as I could have.
“These last few games before the bye, on film, it looks completely different. I’m able to shed some people and able to use my hands and get off blocks and just be more effective.”
In the last four games, Williams has 1 1⁄2 sacks and 11 quarterback hits.
Earlier in the season, Williams tried to deflect talk about his health.
“It was challenging,” he said of practicing through his bone bruise while wearing a heavy wrap.
“I still had to play every week and I still had to practice and it’s been healed up. I’ve been in the training room, I got it all fixed and know it’s all good and it’s not an issue anymore.”
Jets coach Todd Bowles had no medical updates on starting cornerback Morris Claiborne (foot) and starting running back Matt Forte (knee).
Claiborne re-injured his foot in the Week 10 loss to Tampa Bay and Forte missed that game.