Tualatin -- The rehabilitation of Portland Trail Blazers guard Elliot Williams is coming along after he tore his left Achilles in a voluntary team workout in early September.
Just last week, team trainer Jay Jensen gave the athletic guard the go-ahead to start doing some running, a sign that Williams is getting his legs stronger.
“I'm not 100 percent,” Williams said to CSNNW.com. “I'm doing a little bit above jogging and just progressing from there. Without a limp, I can probably go 60-65 percent, but with a limp, I can push it probably to 75-80 percent.”
Williams insist that the limp isn't due to pain, just a natural reaction from the injury.
“It's no pain, it's just a fear,” he said. “Your body naturally does that. It's just protecting it. I'm compensating so it's going to take a little bit more time. It's healing pretty well and I'm young.”
Before the 2012-13 season began, the shooting guard position for the Trail Blazers was where you knew the team had depth at with Wesley Matthews and Williams.
Matthews, who has never missed a game in his career up until this season, has been dealing with a series of injuries and while Victor Claver has filled in at the two and experienced some success, it has been a tremendous drop-off in play.
Williams says he always felt like this would have been his year, but he added that he isn't in a rush to make that happen if he is not completely healed.
“I'm just trying to get healthy,” Williams said. “That's my main focus and whatever happens, happens. My main focus is being 100 percent. I'm not going to come back 98 percent. I'm going to make sure I'm 100 percent. I have no timetable.”
In a couple of weeks, Williams will head down to Los Angeles to visit Dr. Richard Ferkel and says that is when he'll find out when he is allowed to progress to full basketball-related workouts.
Nonetheless, Williams considers where he's at right now, to be ahead of schedule.
“I don't know the normal procedure but the doctor said it would take up to 11 to 12 months to completely heal,” he said. “It's been five and a half months and I'm feeling pretty good. “I'm going to make a full recovery. I should. With my health and how young I am and how much hard work I put into it, I'm getting healthy. I just want to make sure I'm healthy and ready to start off right next year.”
Williams, 23, missed his entire 2010-11 rookie season after having surgery on both of his knees. Last season, he dislocated his left shoulder after a practice on the road on March 8 and did not return that season.
Back in late October, the Trail Blazers declined to pick up Williams' fourth-year option, which will make him an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.