Terrance Williams Injury: Updates on Cowboys WR's Back and Return

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIISeptember 4, 2014

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams warms up before a NFL preseason football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Aug. 28. 2014, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
Brandon Wade/Associated Press

Updates from Friday, Aug. 5

The Cowboys have official word on his status:

ESPN's Tim MacMahon has the latest:

Todd Archer of ESPN has the latest on Williams:

Original Text

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrance Williams was featured on Thursday's injury report ahead of Week 1's home game against the San Francisco 49ers.      

ESPNDallas.com's Tim MacMahon had the news, which also included an ailment for rookie offensive guard Zack Martin, a first-round draft pick:

Williams was a third-round draftee last season and exceeded expectations in many ways, averaging 16.7 yards per catch on 44 receptions and scoring five touchdowns. Now entrenched as the No. 2 wideout opposite star Dez Bryant, Williams figures to be in for an even bigger year in 2014.

Based on his habit of shadowing the more experienced Cowboys, it appears Williams has the proper, absorbent attitude to succeed, per Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News:

I feel like whenever coach or Jason Witten or Tony or Dez or somebody else has something to say to me, I pay attention. I take notes and do what I have to do because when I’m in that huddle those different guys are depending on me to do my job. I don’t take that for granted. [...] I try my best in walk-throughs and practice and during meetings to see if there are certain things that he wants me to do, so I’ll do it. I’m just trying to be the guy that Tony can depend on.

Bleacher Report NFC East Lead Writer Brad Gagnon made a compelling case in June for Williams to have a breakout 2014 campaign:

But that hinges on Williams staying healthy, in addition to quarterback Tony Romo, who underwent back surgery and missed last year's regular-season finale.

Should Williams' status suddenly be in doubt for the showdown with San Francisco, America's Team has enough weapons to tide the offense over.

Reliable tight end Jason Witten, dynamic slot option Cole Beasley and Bryant offer Romo enough targets to throw to. Plus, DeMarco Murray figures to offer Dallas better offensive balance and is a capable receiver out of the backfield.

Most of the Cowboys' success or lack thereof this season will hinge on their defense improving. They ranked 30th against the pass and 27th versus the run, so a strong start and a win over the Niners to kick things off would be invaluable to the team's overall confidence moving forward.