The Pittsburgh Steelers may not have the services of starting running back DeAngelo Williams Sunday in their Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals as the veteran injured his right ankle in the team’s win over the Cleveland Browns. Even though Williams returned from the locker room following the injury looking like he might return to the game, he remained sidelined.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN on Monday, Williams is scheduled to undergo an MRI sometime Monday in order to determine the significance of his injury and more importantly whether or not he will play against the Bengals.
Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams undergoing an MRI today on ankle he injured vs Browns, per source; will help determine availability vs. Cincy.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 4, 2016
After the win over the Browns, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said he wasn’t ready to rule out Williams for the game against the Bengals. He did, however, label Williams’ injury as a “significant” one. Williams was spotted wearing a boot on his right foot after the game as well.
“We don’t know the extent of that. We’ll evaluate him,” said Tomlin. “We’ll put the best group that we can together and go into January football which is obviously something we’re excited about.”.
Should Williams not be able to play Saturday, Steelers running game will be turned over to backups Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman, who have combined to carry the football 22 times this season for 64 yards. Neither of them, however, have recorded a reception this season and that is something Williams has done on a weekly basis. Tomlin, however, expressed confidence in his backups after Sunday’s game.
“I’m confident in anybody we have to call on next week, but we’ll worry about that at the appropriate time,” Tomlin said.