DeAngelo Williams scheduled for MRI on ankle Monday

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The Steelers got the help they needed from the Bills and took care of their own business against the Browns, leaving them with a Saturday Wild Card game against the Bengals in Cincinnati.

Now they just need to figure out if running back DeAngelo Williams will be available to help in the effort to extend their season at least another week. Williams left Sunday’s game with an ankle injury that had him standing in the tunnel in a walking boot congratulating his teammates after the game.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Williams will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of the injury and help determine whether he will be able to play on Saturday night. If Williams can’t go, the Steelers would turn to Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman in the backfield.

Williams ran 200 times for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns while making 10 starts in place of Le’Veon Bell, who missed the first two games of the year while serving a suspension and the final eight after going on injured reserve with a knee injury.

14 responses to “DeAngelo Williams scheduled for MRI on ankle Monday

  1. I understand that all teams are dealing with injuries at this time of year but if Williams can’t go it will be a big loss for the Steelers. He didn’t have a huge number of yards against the Bengals in Week 14 but he had 23 carries , which aided clock management, and was effective in goal line situations. Ben has been very mediocre the last two weeks and the Steelers will need offensive balance to score points and reduce turnovers.

  2. Who is available if he can’t go? We CAN NOT go into the playoffs with only Toussaint and Todman!

    Suck for D Williams… he came to the burgh to play for a competitor. Don’t think the Steelers can win without some form of running game

  3. openfieldtackle says:
    Jan 4, 2016 11:24 AM
    The Steelers drafted Coates one pick in front of David Johnson!


    I don’t know — David Johnson’s been great for Arizona, but would’ve been a questionable fit for the Steelers. First, he’d have had little chance of supplanting Bell as starting RB when both are healthy. Second, I’m not sure he (or Bell) would be up for splitting time in a committee for the long-term, and the Steelers haven’t shown a proclivity toward such a scheme when they’ve had two healthy RBs (Williams number of touches dropped drastically when Bell was healthy; Blount was hardly used when Bell was healthy last year). Third, given how young Bell is, Johnson would not have a chance of starting in the forseeable future with the Steelers (except when Bell is injured), unlike in Arizona where Chris Johnson is in the tail end of his career and Ellington provides more of a complement to David Johnson’s style/role.

  4. I don’t think he’ll be able to play well even if he’s cleared to play at all. If the run game isn’t healthy, it means the Steelers are going to have to throw it even more often than they usually do. We saw just last year how much the Steelers missed Bell come payoff time and even though they had a much better backup rb this year in Williams, it means nothing if that backup is hurt too. To top it all off, Roethlisberger and Bryant aren’t playing so great right now either.

    Ironically, all of the above is why I think Pittsburgh is going to win. I knew they were in trouble last week; Steelers only lose to crappy teams like the Ravens have been this year, and that game coming after the Denver game meant it was the ultimate trap game. However the Steelers play best when they are up against the wall like they kind of are now.

    I knew my Steelers have the talent to win. Can they pull their collective heads out to do it? They certainly have before and they’ve got the rings to prove it. After that last Bengals-Steelers game, I think this is really going to be a good one.

    So hears to exactly that, Bengals fans!

    Go Steelers!

  5. Steelers not having a legit RB would be huge. But not as huge as the disparity at QB. I’m a Bengal fan, but Roethlisberger v McCarron? Jeez. McCarron looks solid for (basically) a rookie, but QB is the most important position on the field and that’s an enormous advantage for the Steelers.

    At least we always play well in prime time games. And in the playoffs. And against the Steelers. Oh wait.

  6. Next guy up is averaging 2 ypc. If the Bengals don’t have to worry about the run game, they will be coming after Ben all day, especially if they get a good lead.


  7. If DW can’t go, I think they should use 2 TE sets often while keeping either Heath or Jesse James in the backfield to block or as an outlet. Jesse James has already proven to be an upgrade over Spaeth in less than a season.

  8. This is an exact repeat of last year – game 16, starting RB gets taken out with knee injury. Headed to play off game with garbage RB’s. Only in the Twilight Zone.

    D Will blocks, receives and runs like hell and has been here since training camp. Huge loss to the offense in performance as well as truncating the playbook without him. Makes Steelers offense easily one dimension and predictable and Todd Haley is completely incapable of comprehending the impact and planning a strategy to offset Williams’ loss and maximize the core strengths of the remaining players.

    It doesn’t help that Martavis Bryant only catches half the passes that land directly in his hands.

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