Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 3/7/13
Tramon Williams insisted repeatedly during this past season that his right shoulder was no longer an issue. The veteran member of the Green Bay Packers' cornerback group had suffered nerve damage in his shoulder in Week 1 of the 2011 season, but throughout the 2012 season, Williams claimed to be fully recovered.In an interview Thursday with Baltimore radio station 105.7 The Fan, however, Williams admitted that there were still some lingering issues with his shoulder."I had some tears in my shoulder and I had nerve damage in my shoulder, and it was tough," Williams said in the interview, as transcribed by SportsRadioInterviews.com. "I only missed one game because of it, but it should have been one of those things to where I should have sat down for quite a few games. But at the same time, I haven't been hurt at any point in my career."You always want to be that guy who shows up and sends a message to your teammates like, 'OK, this guy, he's hurt but he's out here for his teammates.' And that's what I wanted to show."I wanted to show that I could play through that and I did. I got through it. Everyone goes through adversity at some point in their career that was one of my points, and I got through it."There were plays during this past season when it looked like Williams was a bit hesitant to really make hard-hitting tackles. When Williams was at his best in 2009 and 2010, he was beating up wide receivers at the line of scrimmage in press coverage. Though he's only 5-foot-11 and 191 pounds, Williams' preferred physical style hasn't been as effective ever since his shoulder injury nearly two full seasons ago."We press a lot in Green Bay so I wasn't able to do it at that point, wasn't able to do anything," Williams told 105.7 The Fan. "So it was kind of hard to sit back, because when you're off you're kind of giving away some throws. You don't want to give up anything. So you have to kind of compensate your game for the injury, but like I said, I got through it and just continue to progress."Like I said, I had nerve damage, so that's one thing that takes time. It could be a year, it could be two years to come back. And it's made progress, but it's still coming. So it's one of those deals to where my shoulder is still getting better at this point."I'm still working on it and hopefully it comes all the way back this year."Williams, who will turn 30 in mid-March, is considered the Packers' top cornerback. But, with Sam Shields and Casey Hayward improving quickly, Williams will face plenty of competition in training camp.Williams has two years and 13 million left on his current contract. Follow Paul Imig on Twitter.
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