Fortune continues smiling on the Detroit Lions after the Week 4 win over the Green Bay Packers. Last Friday, as the NFL revised the punishments under their gambling policy, wide receiver Jameson Williams had his six-game gambling suspension reduced and he was reinstated on Monday.
It's not a guarantee Williams will play in Week 5 against the Carolina Panthers, and if he does he will be on a limited snap count as head coach Dan Campbell confirmed on Monday. But Williams is back in a full capacity two weeks before he was originally supposed to be, and he was back on the practice field as the Lions' resumed work on Tuesday. So it's all good news.
Jameson Williams put in work while he was away from the Lions on his suspension
The hamstring issue that derailed Williams' preseason ramp up is no longer a thing. He said his toughest day away from the team was the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs. He also said, however obviously, how glad he was to be back on the practice field.
Lions' wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown is famous for his after practice JUGS machine routine. On a similar note, Williams said he did 'two-a-days' while away from the team-including catching 100 passes a day off a JUGS machine he has.
"I had a set schedule. I do a workout in the morning then I come back and work out again on the field,” Williams said. “So I had a little two-a-day going on.”
“I did a lot of catching,” Williams said. “I was on the JUGS machine at the house.”
As for if Williams will play against the Panthers, quarterback Jared Goff appears to have spilled the beans.
Williams did all he could to keep himself ready and in shape while he had to be away, with an injury question exiting the preseason and without the benefit of being on-site at Allen Park until he could be last week. Credit to him for putting in the work. Now it's just a matter of what his role in the Lions' offense looks like, and when the full extent of that might come.