TEMPE, AZ - JUNE 13: Runningback Ryan Williams #34 of the Arizona Cardinals practices in the minicamp at the team's training center facility on June 13, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The annual Fan Fest for the Arizona Cardinals was a big hit on Wednesday night. Over 15,000 fans showed up at University of Phoenix stadium to show support for their favorite NFL team.
After the practice, a player that many are hoping to see on the field this season talked to the media. Ryan Williams participated in the action last night for the first time since tearing his patella tendon prior to the 2011 season. And according to Williams, it seems like he is about ready to come back full-time.
Here is some of what reporters at the event tweeted out:
RB Ryan Williams @lilsweetness34 got 3 carries in 11 on 11. Very excited. "I feel like I'm almost back."— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) June 14, 2012
Rb Ryan Williams had 3 carries in team periods. He's very excited. Fastest he's gone since tearing knee tendon— Kent Somers (@kentsomers) June 14, 2012
Williams' long and arduous rehab is starting to pay dividends. And as everyone knows, the Cardinals will be in dire need of his services this year. Beanie Wells is still sidelined after having his mystery surgery on his knee after last season ended. After him, the depth at running back begins to look a little bland. Williams' talents will be needed in order to have a two-dimensional offense.
"My expectation is back by Week One," Williams told Darren Urban. "Preseason is more ‘We'll see, do we want him in here.' Most important thing is Week One. Regardless of what goes on in preseason, by the first week, the record is still 0-0."
Williams also told reporters that he had not run that fast since his injury occurred.
Preseason work seems like a stretch at this point as Williams continues to rehab and nurse his injury. Regardless, it was a welcome sight for fans to see him back on the field last night, wearing their favorite color, Cardinal Red.