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DeAngelo Williams remains sidelined for Steelers

<>  at M&T Bank Stadium on December 27, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland. Getty Images

The Steelers practiced again on Thursday and running back DeAngelo Williams remained on the sideline.

Williams was injured in Week 17 against the Browns and was in a walking boot by the time the game ended with what was initially described as an ankle injury, but what the team is calling a foot issue. Whatever the exact nature of the injury, the concern about Williams’ availability to face the Bengals on Saturday remains high as long as he’s unable to get on the field.

Playing without Williams would force the Steelers to turn to the lightly used duo of Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman in the backfield for Wild Card weekend. While the Pittsburgh passing attack is a potent one, they’ll need their backs to provide some balance even if Williams isn’t able to go if they’re going to keep a strong Bengals defense from loading up to stop them through the air.

The Steelers are otherwise healthy heading into Saturday. Safety Will Allen didn’t practice Thursday, but it was a rest day and everyone else on the 53-man roster was a full participant.

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29 Responses to “DeAngelo Williams remains sidelined for Steelers”
  1. hardhitbigplaysteelers says: Jan 7, 2016 4:10 PM

    Here we go STEELERS!

  2. hallaudermilsmithsteen says: Jan 7, 2016 4:13 PM

    Unfortunate for Steelers, they needed Williams to pull heavy weight on Saturday. No one is confident that Ben can win this one himself and now he will be forced in to a position to try and do just that. They will need to draft well and quick to stay relevant.

  3. peytonwantsaflag says: Jan 7, 2016 4:21 PM

    who did the Steelers tweet to kill for this injury?

  4. pattyarbuccholz says: Jan 7, 2016 4:30 PM

    Bengals 35 – Steelers 7.

  5. spartan01 says: Jan 7, 2016 4:36 PM

    The two RBs combined have just a bit over 60 yards for the entire year.

    Steeler fans told Raven’s fans this season they can’t blame injuries for their problems. Yet, they did that very thing when Bell didn’t play and they were one and done in the playoffs last year. They will do that again with neither Bell or Williams this year.

  6. babygaga19 says: Jan 7, 2016 4:41 PM

    The team no one wanted to play in the playoffs is now the team every one wants to play in the playoffs. It now rests all on Fat Ben’s shoulders.

  7. moralorel says: Jan 7, 2016 4:50 PM

    Steelers goin’ down, where they belong.

  8. citizenstrange says: Jan 7, 2016 4:57 PM

    When will Big Ben hang 17 points by?

    1) 1st quarter

    2) halftime

    3) 3rd quarter

    4) first 55 minutes

    5) keep dreaming

  9. paulieorkid says: Jan 7, 2016 4:58 PM

    “The Steelers are otherwise healthy heading into Saturday.”

    Yes, besides DeAngelo’s issues – the Steelers are “otherwise healthy.”

    That is, if you neglect to consider who may be the best RB in the league, a perennial All Pro at center and the quarterback of our offensive line, our second best offensive lineman, our proven first string clutch placekicker, and who may be our best corner (i.e., LeVeon Bell, Maurkice Pouncey, Kelvin Beachum, Shaun Suisham and Cortez Allen).

    I realize I.R.’d guys are never mentioned, but since they are relevant to the issue of team health – I think it is misleading to imply that aside from DeAngelo, the Steelers are going in full strength.

  10. fttssm says: Jan 7, 2016 5:00 PM

    No good based on the weather forecast for Saturday Night.

    TIMELINE:

    5PM: TAILGATE: RAIN LIKELY

    8:15pm KICKOFF: RAIN-HEAVY AT TIMES

    4TH QUARTER: RAIN-SCATTERED, STILL POCKETS OF HEAVY RAIN

  11. jtm12180 says: Jan 7, 2016 5:07 PM

    Love how all the haters come here to comment. You’re all obsessed with the Steelers…it’s painfully obvious

  12. steelcurtainn says: Jan 7, 2016 5:31 PM

    Come back healthy deangelo we need you for the long run.

  13. doni609 says: Jan 7, 2016 5:38 PM

    ‘jtm12180’…..of course they’re all obsessed with the ‘black and gold’ as they’re the ones with ‘SIX LOMBARDI’s’ in the display case at Heinz Field. Guess if I were a Bungles fan that would make me obsessed also. That being said, all I ask for is a good clean game, which will be difficult with Burfict playing, with a close score, no major injuries, and in the end a Steeler’s victory by three points. Bungles won’t choke and will play their hearts out. Here’s to a good game!!!!!

  14. pattyarbuccholz says: Jan 7, 2016 5:48 PM

    Also, 35-7 Bengals with the W.

  15. revren10 says: Jan 7, 2016 5:52 PM

    wish the pats would have signed him, steelers are dangerous team come playoff time.

  16. stainlessstill says: Jan 7, 2016 5:57 PM

    The team no one wanted to play in the playoffs is now the team every one wants to play in the playoffs. It now rests all on Fat Ben’s shoulders.

    ————

    It’s okay to be scared of Pittsburgh. You should be afraid of Fat Ben. When the dude is on, he’s the best in the game. Careful what you wish for, scaredy cat.

  17. sincewinningsuperbowlravenshavebeen3rdinafcnorth says: Jan 7, 2016 5:58 PM

    STEELERS 38 BUNGLES 20 FINAL…..

  18. sellout1983 says: Jan 7, 2016 6:09 PM

    I guess these two teams will have to play a football game to find out who’s better..

  19. kevo95 says: Jan 7, 2016 6:11 PM

    There sure are a lot of Steeler haters ! Must suck to put all your time bashing a great franchise
    GO STEELERS

  20. hardhitbigplaysteelers says: Jan 7, 2016 6:15 PM

    Where is tebowedoutof the playoffs

  21. mmack66 says: Jan 7, 2016 6:49 PM

    Why be afraid of a team that didn’t come anywhere close to getting it done when they needed to?

    Against the Ravens, no less.

  22. margoadams says: Jan 7, 2016 7:29 PM

    Steelers Pats AFC Championship Game!

  23. enoughofthatalready says: Jan 7, 2016 8:50 PM

    citizenstrange says:
    Jan 7, 2016 4:57 PM
    When will Big Ben hang 17 points by?

    1) 1st quarter

    2) halftime

    3) 3rd quarter

    4) first 55 minutes

    5) keep dreaming

    Fun playoff facts for you. In the 15 playoff games that Big Ben has played in, the Steelers average 25.9 points per game only scoring less than 20 once and that was last year. In the 15 playoff games the Steelers played prior to Big Ben being on the team, the Steelers averaged 22 points per game and were held to single digits at least 4 times. Kind of deflates the whole “defense carrying Ben to a 14-9 win” thing huh. Enjoy.

  24. mikeracing says: Jan 7, 2016 9:06 PM

    Going to do the Ickey shuffle after the game

  25. boondockstlrssaint says: Jan 7, 2016 9:26 PM

    @citizenstrange my guess would be 2) halftime. First quarter almost always starts slow for the divisional games, but I can easily see going into the half with somewhere around 20.

  26. princeopus says: Jan 7, 2016 11:40 PM

    just put vick in at RB,hes got adequate speed,can stillmake you miss,,only thing you have to lose is a 3rd string qb who cant throw

  27. cincyalldaway says: Jan 8, 2016 12:34 AM

    Bengals win this one and the Squealer fans know it!

  28. mikeracing says: Jan 8, 2016 6:10 AM

    After the game I will do the ickey shuffle

  29. sudz28 says: Jan 8, 2016 8:05 AM

    @mmack66:
    “Why be afraid of a team that didn’t come anywhere close to getting it done when they needed to?”

    “Anywhere close”? They’re in the playoffs little guy – where’s your team going to be this weekend?

    Hope you’re enjoying your offseason!

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