Once feared lost for the season, Brian Williams is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery after fracturing his wrist and could return to game action by late January or early February.
On a team hit by injury woes during the early stages of this season, talk of Williams' speedy recovery has Cowboys coach Travis Ford more than optimistic.
“I think Brian Williams will play this year,” Ford said after his team's 61-49 win over South Florida. “We've just received really good news. He went back (to the doctor) a week ago. It wasn't completely healed, but it's over a month ahead of time.
“He's going to be out of his cast and the screws out in a matter of days. Then it's a matter of strengthening it. Period.”
Williams needed surgery after falling in a preseason practice, fracturing his left non-shooting wrist and tearing tendons when he braced for impact.
The Cowboys are 6-1 and ranked No. 23 without him, but could get a major boost if he returns to form.
“You're talking about a young man who averaged 12 points a game and is our best defensive player,” Ford said. “He was a stopper for us.