Lenny Williams isn't hiding his emotion on getting placed on the Edmonton Eskimos' nine-game injury list.
"It was devastating," said Williams in his first public comments after being put on the list on Wednesday for a detached pectoral muscle.
"I got hurt for five weeks last year. (I was) trying to pull out a full season (this year) and help the team and show people what I got.
"It is a minor setback, I'd say, for a major comeback.
"Any time you get down like that it always builds you up to come back stronger."
As a rookie last year, Williams suffered a knee injury in Calgary.
This year, the starting defensive back suffered his chest injury on a freak play last Thursday against the Stamps at Commonwealth Stadium.
A receiver's foot got stuck in his shoulder pads, ripping the pec muscle from the bone.
"It was a quick out (pattern to Ken-Yon Rambo) and I was just running to make a play. Rambo made a nice cut and actually cut it off my shoulder," said Williams.
"So, that was unfortunate."
Williams could have decided to skip surgery, but has elected to go under the knife.
A date for the operation hasn't been set.
"In order for me to get back playing and get full strength I (opted) for the surgery," he remarked.
The most amazing part of the injury is the fact Williams returned to finish last Thursday's game after ripping the muscle.
Three days later he practised with the club, still not knowing the problem.
"It was causing me too much pain. I've got a high pain threshold but I just couldn't take it," he stated.
An MRI eventually revealed the extent of the damage and put him on the sidelines for at least the next two months.