Seven weeks to the day since Chris Williams underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his lower back he is on the practice field.
Williams is taking part in practice on a limited basis as he works his way back. The team has never put a specific timetable on a return but general manager Jerry Angelo did say he thought Williams would be ready for game action before November. Williams certainly isn't close but there are 3.5 weeks before the team's final game of October vs. Minnesota on the 19th. The team has a bye the following week.
There is a lot that needs to be learned about the first-round pick from Vanderbilt before he can be inserted into game action because he was injured on the second day of training camp. There will have to be a need too as the line has been decent through the first three games.
The practice is being conducted in full pads. No word yet, but a good guess is Williams is off limits to any contact.
Returner/receiver Devin Hester (ribs), defensive end Alex Brown and cornerback Nathan Vasher were sidelined when practice was opened to media. Vasher was listed with a shoulder and back injury last week.
Rookie safety Craig Steltz (sprained right ankle) was back to work after being injured last Wednesday.
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