Reggie Williams Knee: Ex-NFL Player Hoping To Avoid Surgery For An Amputation On Mangled Knee [PHOTO]

Mike Smollins
By Mike Smollins @MikeSmollins
on Aug 27, 2013 09:53 PM EDT
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Former Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Reggie Williams is in a fight to save his damaged leg from amputation.

Williams, an ex-NFLer who played with the Bengals from 1976-89 goes through struggles on a daily basis with his knee, which looks to be in terrible condition.

A photo of his gruesome knee can be seen below:

Williams started two Super Bowls for the Bengals and is one of the team's all-time leaders among linebackers in many categories, including tackles, and has had 24 surgeries on his knee. According to Yahoo Sports, his right leg is just about three inches shorter than his left leg due to all the injuries he has sustained. His right knee is almost unrecognizable.

Williams is currently fighting off having to have his right leg amputated due to all of the injuries he sustained over his career.

According to a story by The Enquirer, Williams can't be on his feet for long, so he hasn't had a meal at home in two years due to his inability to stand up and cook. He also can't use air conditioning because his knee hurts if it's too cold in his home.

His first surgery came in 1979 and since then, he's suffered through knee replacements and multiple infections. Williams has been covering his rehabilitation from all of the surgeries out of his own pocket, and has been in a battle with the Bengals and the NFL over disability benefits for years. The injuries caused Williams to retire from his position of vice president at Disney in 2007 at the age of 53 in order to work on his rehabilitation and attempt to save his leg.

Over a career that spanned 14-years, Williams played 206 games and collected 41 sacks, 16 interceptions, and had one touchdown.

While Williams spent 14-years battling professionals on the gridiron, it's his battles off the field with disability that have truly gotten to him.

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