Cardinals release oft-injured running back Ryan Williams


Considering he couldn’t get a uniform last year when he was healthy, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the Cardinals cut running back Ryan Williams Monday.

The former second-rounder was released along with center John Estes, linebacker Kenny Rowe and tight end Brett Brackett, according to Darren Urban of the team’s official website.

Even with Rashard Mendenhall hurt, Williams was inactive for all 16 games last year. He battled knee and shoulder problems throughout his short career, and never made much of an impact for the Cards.

With Andre Ellington emerging and Jonathan Dwyer signed this offseason they were able to declare the experiment over.

14 responses to “Cardinals release oft-injured running back Ryan Williams

  1. Makes NO sense to me. He must have made Bruce mad because when he ran he always made huge gains. Even when our O line was horrible he was good. Yea he had the one injury, but looked good upon recovery. He’d be a GREAT pick up for any team…please not SF, STL or SEA. I think he could easily cram it down the Cards throat with his play the next few seasons. IMO Denver would be wise to give him a shot.

  2. Talent is great but consistency is worth far more. Ryan Williams has breakaway speed and can catch the ball out of the backfield. However, he can’t get on the field to even show his ability so this news isn’t really surprising.

  3. Two years off of that knee injury he might be a good pickup. Not sure what went down with Arians that kept him off the active roster all season but the kid definitely has a ton of talent. If he goes somewhere else and does really well and Dwyer ends up as a free agent bust we all might wonder if Arians and Keim made the right choice with this guy.

  4. Good Riddance! Not surprising but did have talent coming out if university..He’s just one if those brittle type guys

  5. The upshot to all that time sidelined is that he still has a lot of tread left on 24 year old tires. I would like to see him land somewhere and have a respectable career – like a (smaller) Garrison Hearst 2.0

  6. He is also infected with the dreaded Fumblelitis disease. It goes back to his college days when he would have an outbreak during cruicial carries.

    He was also infected with that RunYourMouth Off disease. As a rookie BEFORE training camp, he was declaring how he would one day be recognized as one of the best running backs in the NFL. All this before he ever carried the ball in a NFL game.

    He may yet turn out to be a gem, but so far, his body has betrayed him and he has not come anywhere near backing up his big mouth and big words.

  7. I remember this guy from college when he used to play against the canes, and nobody could catch him in the open field, then he got drafted n i wanted to see if he coud make it on nfl, then he got injured and i totally forgot that he was still on nfl, hopefully he gets another chance.

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