Kyle Williams Injury: Updates on Bills Star's Ankle, Likely Return Date

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2013

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 17:  Kyle Williams
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Kyle Williams has been listed as questionable for the Buffalo Bills in their Week 13 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

The team confirmed the news after the veteran defensive tackle had a problem with his back this morning.

#Bills DT Kyle Williams (low back) is questionable for Sunday. 50/50 to play after his back "locked up" this morning.

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 29, 2013

According to Chris Brown of, Williams was held out of practice on Friday by head coach Doug Marrone.

Williams explained what happened, "It was fun this morning. I think I woke everybody up. I guess I slept on it wrong and when I stepped to get out of bed it cinched up on me."

Mark Ludwiczak of Bills Digest doesn't think that the DT will end up missing any time.

Kyle Williams questionable for Sunday with a lower back injury that popped up today. Knowing him, would be surprised if it kept him out.

— Mark Ludwiczak (@MarkLud12) November 29, 2013

Losing Williams would be a big blow for the Bills. The 30-year-old is having the best season of his career and has established himself as one of the best defensive tackles in the league. His performance has stood out on what has been a top-10 defense this year, according to Football Outsiders.

Williams has played in each of Buffalo's 11 games this season, notching 48 tackles and seven sacks, which are second on the team, four behind Mario Williams. Those seven sacks are a career high for Williams, already eclipsing the 5.5 he had in 2010. It's all the more impressive when you consider there are five games remaining in the regular season.

At 4-7, it looks like Buffalo will be sitting out the postseason this year, but that doesn't mean the Bills won't need Williams back as soon as possible.

The Falcons have the 10th-best passing offense in the league, according to Football Outsiders, and are averaging 273 yards a game. Having a pass-rusher like Williams disrupting Matt Ryan would be a huge boost for Buffalo.