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Oklahoma State men's basketball: Defensive stopper Brian Williams eyes return within next week

Once deemed out for the season, Williams has rejoined practices. He is only a final doctor's clearance away from playing in a game.
by John Helsley Published: January 24, 2013
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photo - OSU: Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash (2) and Brian Williams sit on the bench during the final minutes of a college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and UT Arlington at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
OSU: Oklahoma State's Le'Bryan Nash (2) and Brian Williams sit on the bench during the final minutes of a college basketball game between Oklahoma State University and UT Arlington at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

How fast and how much he plays will rely on continued progress.

“They say it's healing great, I've just got to get back comfortable with it,” said Williams, who has been fitted with a brace. “I practiced for the first time (Wednesday). It got hit a couple times. I had to walk it off; then I got back in. But it's better than I thought.”

Cowboys coach Travis Ford said he won't rush Williams or his own expectations of a return.

“Who knows when he's going to be playing?” Ford said Thursday. “It's just a process we're going through. If he says he's ready to go, we might give him a shot. Right now, it's day-to-day.”

And right now, Ford said, Williams needs work.

“He's out there. He's running around,” Ford said. “But as you might expect, very hesitant. He's got a little ways to go to get ready, I think, to contribute as much as I hope he can contribute.

“But it's nothing unexpected. It's nothing out of the ordinary. It's fine, just all the normal things you'd think a man would have to go through who's been out for three months.”

by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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