At 29 years old, Tramon Williams doesn’t take naps – he administers them.
However, as the newest casualty of the flu bug passing through the Green Bay Packers’ locker room this past week, there was the father of two after being sent home from practice on Thursday.
The Packers have battled the flu pretty consistently over the past month with a number of players being held out of practice – from offensive linemen T.J. Lang, Don Barclay and Greg Van Roten to even kicker Mason Crosby. Still, it's yet to keep anyone out of a game.
Williams was no different. The veteran cornerback noticed a shortness of breath during Saturday’s 24-10 win over Minnesota, but didn’t miss a beat with the rest of a Packers’ secondary that held a Christian Ponder-less Vikings’ offense in check.
After a rough showing against Adrian Peterson in last week's 37-34 loss in Minnesota, Williams had four tackles and a team-high three pass deflections on Saturday.
“I just went home and laid down. I took a nap. I rarely take a nap,” Williams said. “I got a chance to take a nap. That was fun, I guess. Watched some film. I had the down time. I took the time for watch some film. I think it paid off today. I recognized a lot of things that they were doing. Obviously, our pass rush got there and we made plays. It was fun.”
Standing in his locker room after the game, Williams’ voice still was ruffled by the illness, but now has another week to prepare for next Saturday’s rematch against the San Francisco 49ers, who beat the Packers 30-22 in the regular-season opener on Sept. 9.
“I still am,” said Williams about if he’s still feeling the sickness. “I kind of felt it out there, too. I was really winded out there, too. I got through it. I got through it.”