Should Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams ultimately play Saturday in the team’s AFC Wildcard game against the Cincinnati Bengals, he will probably do so without having practiced all week.
Williams, who injured his right ankle Sunday in the win over the Cleveland Browns, posted on his Facebook page Monday evening that he would likely be in a walking boot until Saturday.
“Hopefully by Saturday but only time will tell,” Williams told a fan on his Facebook page when asked how long he’d be in the walking boot.
Williams went on to caution the fan and others to not believe any reports that are currently circulating about his status for Saturday’s game against the Bengals and that everyone should take what they hear with a “grain of salt in general.”
Monday evening an ESPN report stated that Williams’ MRI returned favorable results and that he is currently day-to-day with his ankle injury. Additionally, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported late Monday evening that Williams “has an outside chance, albeit small one, of playing against the Bengals.”
Should Williams wind up not being able to play against the Bengals, backup running backs Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman would both likely see action in his absence.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin will hold his weekly press conference on Tuesday and at that time he’ll likely provide a small update on the status of Williams, who rushed for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns during the regular season.