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TE Maxx Williams return was ahead of schedule

The Arizona Cardinals announced earlier this week that Max Williams had been activated from the PUP (physically unable to make the list). He was ruled out all off-season to recover from a torn ACL in Week 5 of last season.

It was sooner than expected.

Earlier in the off-season, head coach Cliff Kingsbury was non-committal about Williams’ potential return, suggesting he may have to wait until the end of training camp to evaluate things.

“He was just ready. He was just ahead of schedule,” Kingsbury told reporters on Friday after practice. Well, let’s go.'”

Williams was eventually fired for getting some football work.

It got to the point where “the only way to find out is to get him out of there.”

Williams is spinning well but has not yet reached the point where he is participating in 11-on-11 drills.

Williams, however, is “fired up” about coming back.

As Kingsbury likes to say, Williams’ presence adds a lot of “juice” to the team. He is high energy and a very good player.

“As far as an in-line blocker and the things he has to do with it, he’s one of the best in the league,” Kingsbury said.

The hope is that “he can continue to feel good about his progress and we can get him out of there.”

If that’s the case, with more than a month until the team’s season opener, there’s a good chance it should be able to play against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1.

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