Terry Williams Sidelined

GREENVILLE, N.C. — ECU nose tackle Terry Williams has been sidelined with a left leg injury and his status is uncertain for the Pirates' season opener.

East Carolina senior defensive lineman Terry Williams’ struggles to stay on the field have continued during this month’s fall camp.

A day after we were told initially Wednesday that Williams’ injury that forced him on crutches and to wear a large cast on his left leg was nothing more than a “small precautionary issue,” Head Coach Ruffin McNeill said Thursday his starting nose tackle would be out for “a little while” and could miss the Pirates’ season opener against North Carolina Central.

A source told Inside ECU Sports that Williams sprained a knee ligament and could miss up to four weeks, which would have him back in time for ECU’s third game at Virginia Tech at the earliest.

Neither McNeill nor ECU spokesman Tom McClellan would not confirm that diagnosis or further elaborate on it, but an injury report will be released Friday prior to the Pirates' first scrimmage the following day.

What is certain is that this injury is just the latest event on what has been a tumultuous couple of years for Williams.

After missing a combined 10 games in the last two seasons due to non-football-related suspensions, Williams missed the bulk of the team’s spring workouts. On the last play of the first spring scrimmage, he went down with a right-ankle injury and was once again forced to the sideline.

ECU has already lost two starters — Lee Pegues to graduation and Terrell Stanley due to injuries suffered in a February car accident — from last year’s defensive line and three if you count the time outside linebacker Derrell Johnson spent there in Rick Smith’s 3-4 defensive scheme.

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