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Report: Cornerback K’Waun Williams to visit Lions

Justin Rogers
The Detroit News

The Detroit Lions will take a closer look at free agent K’Waun Williams on Monday, hosting the young cornerback for a visit, according to the NFL Network.

Williams, an undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh in 2014, appeared in 26 games, starting 10, for the Cleveland Browns from 2014-15. He missed all of last season with an ankle injury, leading to an unusual departure from Cleveland.

The Browns cleared Williams to return to the field, but the 5-foot-9 cornerback didn’t feel physically ready and refused to play. That led to two-game suspension by the team and his eventual release. Williams was claimed by the Chicago Bears, but failed a physical, appearing to validate the player’s assessment. He ultimately filed a grievance against the Browns, requesting the team pay for surgery to repair the ankle and his full 2016 salary.

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The NFL Network is reporting Williams has been cleared by doctor Robert Anderson, a renowned foot and ankle specialist working out of North Carolina.

Prior to the injury, Williams had developed a reputation as an underrated, physical player. He recorded 77 tackles, 10 pass breakups, two sacks and three forced fumbles in his two seasons with the Browns.

The Lions lost starting cornerback Quandre Diggs to a season-ending shoulder injury in 2016 and rotated through a number of backup options at the end of the year. Williams would not only provide depth, but could push Diggs for the starting job.