TEMPE, Ariz. The ideal Sunday for many Americans was hell for Ryan Williams.
Unable to play last season after rupturing a patellar tendon in a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers, the rookie running back had a front-row seat in coach Ken Whisenhunts suite for the Cardinals' season opener against Carolina.
He hated the view.
I just stopped going to games, Williams said. It made me sick to my stomach not being able to play.
Not playing was just one of his hurdles. Following months of healing after surgery, Williams quadriceps muscle atrophied so much that he joked he was devolving.
I felt like a baby learning to walk all over again, he said. It was a pain just sitting up.
There are many threads of hope for the Cardinals offense to cling to with offseason workouts in full gear. Quarterback Kevin Kolb will finally have an offseason to absorb and master the offense. Running back Beanie Wells has a healthy knee, a 1,000-yard season and questions about his toughness in hi...