Williamson Gets Reassuring News

Troy Williamson (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Wide receiver Troy Williamson has had another trying season with family tragedy and injuries, but this week he received some encouraging post-concussion news from the experts at the Mayo Clinic. See what Williamson and head coach Brad Childress had to say about the situation.

Tuesday is typically an off day for the Vikings players. What they do with it is usually up to them. Some will do work in the community. Others will just relax and let their aching muscles heal for a day by just doing nothing. Troy Williamson's Tuesday was another matter completely.

Williamson, who has been inactive for four games this season for things ranging from a death in the family to a concussion, spent his Tuesday at the famed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. to get a second opinion on his post-concussion progress.

Williamson, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, has been inactive for the last two games after experiencing severe headaches that were the by-product of the concussion. While he was feeling better physically, the trip to the Mayo Clinic was a second opinion that was needed before he could resume practicing or playing in games at full speed. This Tuesday was far from normal for the third-year receiver, but the test results fortunately were.

"It went good," Williamson said, "I met with two specialists in the field and they pretty much cleared me to get back to doing what I'm doing. Everything went really good in the tests."

Williamson sustained a concussion last year as well and, in light of the NFL's increasingly interested stance in learning as much about concussions and the cumulative effects – both short-term and long-term – it was important to make sure that he got an opinion from the best in the business. As a player, Williamson felt ready, but needed to defer to the experts before going off on his own.

"I try to take the medical people's advice," Williamson said. "They know a lot more about this than I do. I just feel like I can go with what they say. I wanted to make sure it was cleared up and now I'm good to go."

While Williamson's condition has improved, there are still some of the lingering side effects that could be of concern. He still is getting some headaches, but their severity is significantly less and the day-to-day improvement is evident, although not completely gone.

"I'm still getting some really small (headaches), but it isn't anything too serious," Williamson said. "The doctors said everything was cool and that they didn't see nothing major or serious. They saw nothing really – just the headaches."

The results clearly came as a relief to the Vikings coaches as they prepare for the Bears – in which four receivers are likely to be on the active roster. The clearance allows Williamson to return, but their diagnosis for the lingering headaches brought a couple of chuckles from head coach Brad Childress – who, while he has stated many times that he is not a doctor, would have likely provided an identical prescription given the test results.

"They said that they essentially couldn't find anything to hang their hat on – no abnormalities – and they think that he can handle some of that stuff with Tylenol," Childress said. "I maybe could have given that. I shouldn't say that because those people are experts and they know what they are looking at, but I know what I do for headaches, so maybe Advil also."

Williamson said he wouldn't be returning to action just to get back on the field, but admitted that he was confident he knew what the prognosis would be and that he could make his return this week if called upon.

"I pretty much know myself and how I feel about (returning to action)," Williamson said. "(There's) nothing wrong with a second opinion. That (was done) just to be safe."

In a season beset with both injury and tragedy in Williamson's life in 2007, perhaps being safe is the best thing.

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