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Latest on Williams' Playing Status
Friday, Jan. 15
Latest on Williams' Practice Status
Thursday, Jan. 14
Williams did not practice Thursday, per Labriola.
Williams Out of Walking Boot
Thursday, Jan. 14
Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Williams is no longer wearing a walking boot.
On Jan. 3, Josina Anderson of ESPN shared footage of him in the boot he was previously wearing:
Josina Anderson @JosinaAnderson
#Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams greeting all his teammates in a boot on his right foot just as they exit the field. https://t.co/wJJdvX71T32016-1-3 21:15:09
Tomlin Comments on Williams' Playing Status
Tuesday, Jan. 12
Tomlin added that Williams, as a veteran, does not have to practice to play, per Kinkhabwala.
Williams Set for Checkup on Injured Foot
Monday, Jan. 11
Jim Trotter of ESPN reported Williams is visiting foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Williams Comments on Injury
Sunday, Jan. 3
DeAngelo Williams @DeAngeloRB
See you next week steeler nation!!#stairwayto7 #playoffs2016-1-3 21:48:25
Williams Emerged As Reliable Back After Bell's Injury
Entering this season, the 32-year-old was coming off of the worst year of his NFL career. He appeared in just six games, running for 219 yards on 62 carries. The Carolina Panthers released Williams, arguably the best running back in the franchise's history, in February.
Signing with the Steelers was a shrewd move for the veteran. In theory, Williams joined a team where he wouldn't have to be the feature back but still had a realistic expectation of getting touches in the backfield.
However, Le'Veon Bell's suspension to start the season and subsequent knee injury pressed Williams into a much larger role than expected. He has played well in Bell's absence, tallying 899 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground entering the regular-season finale.
Williams has played a significant role for the Steelers and provides quarterback Ben Roethlisberger with a safety net out of the backfield due to his receiving skills. Williams has recorded 38 receptions for 354 yards on 45 targets this year.
Losing him in the backfield is a major blow for the Steelers' offense.