ATLANTA — Atlanta Falcons defensive back Elijah Williams was shot in the leg early Saturday in what police called a robbery attempt.
Williams was outside a bar in a north section of downtown Atlanta about 2 a.m. when he was shot. He was treated at Grady Memorial Hospital and released.
Williams, 25, said he was at a restaurant with some friends and had gone outside to ask the valet to get his car.
"The valet was nowhere to be found," Williams said. "The dude was about 10 yards from the door with a pistol."
He said the man told him to hand over his watch.
"I turned my back and started to walk away," Williams said. "He grabbed my shirt. We started wrestling, and I punched him off. That's when he shot me."
He said he was walking without crutches Saturday.
Police searched an apartment complex for suspects later in the morning but made no arrests.
The Falcons expressed concern in a statement the team released.
"We've talked to him, and he is resting comfortably at home," the statement said. "He will be reevaluated this week."
Williams, a 5-foot-10, 182-pound cornerback, was a sixth-round draft pick out of Florida in 1998. He had a career-high 32 tackles and started three games last season.