Bobbie Williams' approach hasn't changed with possible start looming

Bobbie Williams hasn’t been informed yet whether he will open Sunday’s contest against the Denver Broncos at right guard, but with usual starter Marshal Yanda dealing with what coach John Harbaugh characterized Monday as a “seriously sprained ankle,” going with Williams would seem to make sense.

If that does happen, the 13-year veteran said his preparation this week won’t be any different from previous weeks.

“You always want to be ready going in. So you’ve got to prepare as if you are going in,” Williams said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “So I’m feeling pretty good, which is a blessing. I’m just going to keep preparing and whatever the call is, I’ll be ready one way or the other.”

The 36-year-old Williams made four consecutive starts at left guard, replacing Ramon Harewood after he opened the season with five straight starts there. But complications from his surgically-repaired right ankle flared up and opened the door for the coaching staff to replace Williams with Jah Reid against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 18.

Williams said he didn’t view the hurdle as frustrating, opting instead to focus on rest and recover.

“Ankle injuries are pretty substantial to a young guy or a vet,” he said. “It just depends on the severity. You just rehab them in the proper way and the best way you can and make sure you do what your body responds to.”

Williams said he is healthy now. And if he does replace Yanda – who was absent during the portion of Wednesday’s practice open to the media because of his injured right ankle – Sunday, he will be returning to a familiar spot at right guard where he made most of his 130 career starts with the Cincinnati Bengals.

“For some reason, I might have a little bit more experience at the right guard position,” Williams said with a smile. “I’ve been [at] left all year, but I’m pretty sure that right guard shouldn’t be too hard for me to adapt to.”

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