Another loss for Cards: Ryan Williams for the season

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It seems like a long time ago when the Cardinals were undefeated and feeling good.

After their first loss last Thursday, an ugly one, the bad news keeps coming.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that running back Ryan Williams needed shoulder surgery, and would miss the rest of the season (via Darren Urban of the team’s official website).

Williams missed last year with a torn patella tendon, and it’s been a long time since he’s been well enough to produce.

That’s horrible news for a Cards team that needs a run element, and won’t have Beanie Wells until at least Week 12. They have an odd lot of guys with concussions and returners behind Williams on the depth chart, and will likely need to look outside the building for an answer.

Without a run game that has to be respected, opponents can pin their ears back and pass rush either Kevin Kolb or whomever’s left standing, and that’s something an already leaky line doesn’t need.