DeAngelo Williams remains sidelined for Steelers

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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.

29 responses to “DeAngelo Williams remains sidelined for Steelers

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. “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.

  5. No good based on the weather forecast for Saturday Night.





  6. ‘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!!!!!

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. @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.

  11. @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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