DeAngelo Williams Injury: Updates on Steelers RB's Ankle and Recovery

Joseph ZuckerFeatured Columnist

Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams (34) plays in an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams was carted off with a sprained ankle against the Cleveland Browns in Week 17. It's unclear if he will be able to return to the field.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Williams' Playing Status

Friday, Jan. 15

Bob Labriola of Steelers Digest reported Williams will not play against the Denver Broncos.

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:

Tomlin Comments on Williams' Playing Status

Tuesday, Jan. 12

"DeAngelo [is] still on the outside looking in," said head coach Mike Tomlin, per Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Network. "I'll leave the door ajar for him."

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

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.