For a second year in a row the Pittsburgh Steelers might have to play a Wild Card game without their starting running back.
In Sunday’s 28-12 win over the Cleveland Browns, running back DeAngelo Williams suffered a right ankle in the second quarter and did not return to the game. During his post game press conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said that Williams injury is still being evaluated and that he’s not ready to rule him out for the team’s road Wild Card game next week.
According to Chris Bradford of the Beaver County Times on Twitter, Williams limped out of locker room in walking boot.
Should Williams be unable to play next weekend, the Steelers running game will be in the hands of Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman. Toussaint saw significant action Sunday but only gained 24 yards on 12 carries. Todman, on the other hand, has been inactive for the last several games.
Last season, the Steelers lost starter Le’Veon Bell to a hyper-extended knee during their Week 17 game against the Cincinatti Bengals and that resulted in former running backs Dri Archer, Josh Harris and Ben Tate all having to all play in the Wild Card loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
Williams wasn’t the only player injured Sunday as linebacker Jarvis Jones and wide receiver Martavis Bryant both suffered minor injuries in the win. Tomlin seemed confident that both would be able to play next week, however.