The Pittsburgh Steelers will leave for Cincinatti later on today for their Saturday night AFC Wild Card game against the Cincinatti Bengals and a Friday morning report by Ian Rapoport states running back DeAngelo Williams (foot) is now being considered out for that game.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 8, 2016
While the Steelers have yet to issue their final injury report of the week, Williams didn’t practice either Wednesday or Thursday after suffering a foot injury on Sunday.. The team will likely have walk-through on Friday before issuing their final participation and injury status report of the week. In other words, Williams has yet to be officially ruled out for Saturday night’s game.
Here is a tweet by Williams that he posted just after this report surfaced.
— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) January 8, 2016
Assuming Williams fails to play against the Bengals, Fitzgerald Toussaint will get the start at running back and he’ll be backed up by Jordan Todman. According to Ralph Paulk of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Bengals aren’t taking any chances when it comes to Williams as linebacker Vincent Rey believes it is better to plan for the Steelers veteran running back then to assume he won’t play.
“He makes plays, so the emphasis is on stopping him. There was no drop off with him and Le’Veon Bell, in my opinion,” said Rey” “If we get another back, so be it, but we’ll be ready for Williams. We know he’ll do whatever it takes to be ready for this game.”
Rapoport states that if the Steelers advance with a win over the Bengals that there’s a chance Williams will play next weekend against the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round game.
We will pass on the final injury report from the team in a few more hours.