Over the course of the next several days we’ll likely start hearing about all the Pittsburgh Steelers players who will undergo offseason surgeries and we can now start the list off with linebacker Vince Williams.
According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Williams said Monday he will have shoulder surgery and is expected to be in a sling for 10 weeks afterward.
Williams, who apparently injured his shoulder in the Steelers regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns, played in all three playoff games. He was on the team’s weekly injury report ahead of all three of those contests.
The Steelers signed Williams to a two-year contract extension just prior to the start of the 2016 regular season and it included $5.5 million in new money. The former sixth-round draft pick out of Florida State is scheduled to earn a base salary of $2 million in 2017.
Williams played 269 regular season snaps on defense for the Steelers in addition to 223 special team snaps. He registered 40 total tackles on defense during the regular season and that included 2 sacks. On special teams he was credited with 7 total tackles.
Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is set to hold his end-of-the-season press conference on Tuesday and at that time might release details of other upcoming player surgeries.