The Pittsburgh Steelers will indeed be without the services of veteran running back DeAngelo Williams (foot) Saturday night when they play the Cincinnati Bengals on the road in one of the two AFC Wild Card games as he has now officially been ruled out on the team’s Friday injury report.
Williams, who suffered his foot injury in the first half of Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns, failed to practice all week after spending some time in a walking boot.
With Williams out, the Steelers will hand their running game over to backups Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman, who have combined to carry the football just 22 times for 59 yards during the regular season. Toussaint is expected to be the starter Saturday night with Todman likely to see very limited action.
The hope is that Williams will be ready next week to play the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round of the playoffs should they beat the Bengals Saturday night. Williams ended the 2015 regular season with 907 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns on 200 carries. He also chipped in another 367 yards on 40 receptions during the regular season.
The rest of the Steelers Friday injury report shows that wide receiver Martavis Bryant (neck), linebacker Vince Williams (illness), safety Will Allen (not injury related), linebacker James Harrison (not injury related), cornerback William Gay (not injury related), and tight end Heath Miller (not injury related) are all listed as probable.