DENVER - OCTOBER 04: Champ Bailey #24 of the Denver Broncos breaks up a pass intended for Roy Williams #11 of the Dallas Cowboys during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Roy Williams was anything but shy after Sunday afternoon's loss in describing the impact he felt on the D.J. Williams hit which sent the receiver to the ground, struggling for air, and then the sidelines.
There would have been little point in denial. Roy, who wasn't helped by his asthma to be sure, was drawn wide open by a wayward Tony Romo pass over the middle; D.J. did what NFL linebackers typically do in such a situation, burying his helmet in the coachable receiver's ribs.
"Never in my life have I been hit like that," Williams said afterward. "From Pop Warner to six years in the league. I'm 5,200 feet above sea level right now, with asthma, so I'm struggling a little bit."
What's worse, today it was reported that the impact of the hit may not have been limited to the debacle in Denver. Todd Archer at the Dallas Morning News has reported that Williams sustained bruised cartilage on the play, to three of his ribs, throwing his availability on Sunday into question.
Wade Phillips called Williams' status for this week uncertain. Williams declined to speak to the media.
The news came only hours after Gerald Sensabaugh was ruled out of Sunday's game in Kansas City with a broken thumb, which he sustained during the first half on Sunday.