Williams rushed 15 times for 65 yards while securing five of five targets for 18 yards during Thursday's 16-14 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: D'Andre Swift (shoulder) exited for good in the first quarter and Williams went on to handle his largest workload of the season. Even though a 19-yard scamper probably made his final stat line look more efficient than it really was, Williams barely shared any of the remaining work with fellow backups Godwin Igwebuike or Jermar Jefferson. Should Swift need to miss Detroit's Week 13 matchup with Minnesota, Williams could be in store for a bellcow workload against a Vikings defense that has been middle-of-the-pack in terms of fantasy points allowed to running backs in 2021.
Nov 25, 2021 2:42 PM EST
Williams rushed seven times for 11 yards during Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Browns.
Analysis: Williams ran hard in his return to the lineup, but he was bottled up while D'Andre Swift totaled 136 rushing yards on 14 carries. With Swift playing so well lately, it may be hard for Williams to return to the 12.7 total carries and targets he averaged in seven games before hurting his groin. However, Jared Goff (ribs) may remained sidelined in Week 12 against Chicago, and Tim Boyle totaled just 77 passing yards in his place. Such limited success may given Detroit no choice but to commit to the run game, and Williams would be an obvious beneficiary as he further distances himself from his multi-week groin injury.
Nov 21, 2021 5:14 PM EST
Williams (thigh) is active for Sunday's game at Cleveland.
Analysis: Williams hasn't played since Week 7 due to a thigh injury. Fortunately, the Lions had a Week 9 bye during that stretch, so he'll miss just two games as a result. D'Andre Swift will continue to operate as Detroit's lead runner, but with Jermar Jefferson (ankle) sidelined, Godwin Igwebuike is the only other reserve running back on the active roster. Prior to his absence, Williams averaged 12.4 touches for 58.7 yards from scrimmage per game and scored two rushing TDs.
Nov 21, 2021 8:36 AM EST
Williams (thigh), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, is expected to play barring a setback, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Williams has been sidelined for Detroit's last two games, but he appears to have a better shot at playing this week compared to the previous two contests after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday through Friday.
Nov 21, 2021 1:28 AM EST
Williams (thigh) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams has been sidelined for Detroit's last two games, but he appears to have a better shot at playing this week compared to the previous two contests after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday through Friday. If the Lions determine that Williams will need another week off, Godwin Igwebuike would be in line to serve as starter D'Andre Swift's clear top backup. The other running back on the Lions' 53-man roster, Jermar Jefferson (knee/ankle), has already been ruled out for the game.
Nov 19, 2021 1:22 PM EST
Williams (thigh) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Williams hasn't completely moved past the thigh issue that has kept him out of action for the Lions' past two games, but the fact that he's opened Week 11 prep with consecutive limited practices is a positive sign with regard to his chances of playing Sunday in Cleveland. Before missing action with the injury, Williams had seen a solid amount of work as the Lions' No. 2 back behind D'Andre Swift (shoulder) averaging 12.4 touches per game through seven outings. Assuming both backs are able to shake off their respective injuries and suit up against the Browns, Williams may not immediately step back into as sizable of a role as he held previously, but he should at least see more work behind Swift than depth options Jermar Jefferson (ankle) and Godwin Igwebuike did in the previous two contests.
Nov 18, 2021 1:49 PM EST
Williams (thigh) returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant.
Analysis: Williams should have a shot to make it back for Sunday's game in Cleveland, after sandwiching a pair of absences around a Week 9 bye. D'Andre Swift is likely to lose some snaps and touches with Williams back in the mix, though the former Packer had already seen his usage decline before missing time with a thigh injury. Williams hasn't recorded even 70 total yards in a game since Week 1 and hasn't scored a touchdown since Week 3.
Nov 17, 2021 1:17 PM EST
Williams (thigh) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams still hasn't returned to practice and now will miss a second straight game on the other side of a Week 9 bye. His absence could leave a few more carries for D'Andre Swift, who has done most of his damage through the air this year while averaging just 3.2 YPC. Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson both got some playing time off the bench in a 44-6 loss to the Eagles in Week 8, but only after Swift had played 96 percent of offensive snaps through the first three quarters of the blowout.
Nov 12, 2021 12:43 PM EST
Williams (thigh) missed Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Williams didn't suit up Week 8 due to a thigh issue, and even with the benefit of a bye he hasn't mixed into drills with just one session remaining during Week 10 prep. On a semi-positive note, he was seen running on a side field Wednesday, so the Lions may be exercising caution with the fifth-year pro. Friday's practice and ensuing injury report could be telling for Williams' ability to suit up Sunday in Pittsburgh. Behind top running back D'Andre Swift, the Lions have rookie Jermar Jefferson and Godwin Igwebuike at the position.
Nov 11, 2021 2:16 PM EST
Williams (thigh) didn't practice Wednesday, but he did do some running off to the side, tim reports.
Analysis: After playing through chest and hip issues earlier in the year, Williams missed Week 8 with a thigh injury that's apparently still bothering him after on the heels of a Week 9 bye. If he can't play this Sunday in Pittsburgh, the Lions will turn to Jermar Jefferson and/or Gordon Igwebuike behind lead back D'Andre Swift.
Nov 10, 2021 12:55 PM EST
Williams (thigh) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Analysis: Williams was a surprise addition to the Lions' Week 8 injury report due to a thigh issue, which limited him in practice both Thursday and Friday. While he entered the weekend as questionable, the Lions won't take any chances with Williams with a Week 9 bye on tap. Detroit thus will trust in D'Andre Swift (groin) to be the lead back, with just Godwin Igwebuike and Jermar Jefferson behind him on the depth chart.
Oct 31, 2021 8:41 AM EST
Williams (thigh) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Eagles.
Analysis: Williams didn't show up on the Lions' Week 8 injury report until Thursday as limited due to a thigh injury, which extended into Friday. Both Williams and No. 1 RB D'Andre Swift (groin) are listed as questionable for Sunday, but the latter has gutted out his injury and played in every game this season. Assuming Williams is out there this week, he shouldn't have a problem earning double-digit touches, as he's done in six of seven games on the campaign.
Oct 29, 2021 12:58 PM EST
Williams was limited in practice Thursday by a thigh injury, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: In previous Lions practice reports this season, Williams was listed with chest and hip injuries and also an illness, so a new health concern is bothering the fifth-year running back. Still, both Williams and D'Andre Swift (groin) have been able to suit up for all seven contests this season, which has amounted to 12.4 touches per game for the former versus the latter's 17.1. A similar breakdown between the two is expected Sunday versus the Eagles, assuming both are active.
Oct 28, 2021 2:20 PM EST
Williams ran for 57 yards on 12 carries against the Rams on Sunday.
Analysis: Williams saw zero targets in the receiving game, which is a concerning sign on a day that D'Andre Swift drew 10 targets. The Lions have shown a more specific intention to feed targets to Swift after Williams drew nine targets in Week 1. Williams has seen eight targets in the five games since. Double-digit carries are on the table for Williams every week, but it's increasingly appearing as if he needs to make his carries count -- probably with a touchdown or two -- to provide much fantasy value in a given game.
Oct 24, 2021 5:45 PM EST
Williams rushed four times for 11 yards and caught his only target for minus-two yards during Sunday's 34-11 loss to the Bengals.
Analysis: Entering the game with a hip injury, Williams logged a season low in carries while D'Andre Swift saw 20 combined targets and rushing attempts. While the impending return of Taylor Decker (finger) could boost the Detroit rushing game in the near future, the season-ending loss of Frank Ragnow (toe) will continue to be difficult to recover from. Regardless, Williams likely will remain in the backseat to the receiving-proficient Swift and his fantasy outlook could diminish if Detroit can't find ways to remain competitive most weeks.
Oct 17, 2021 2:34 PM EST
Williams (hip) is listed as active Sunday versus the Bengals.
Analysis: Williams tended to a hip injury for a second week in a row, but an illness kept him off the field entirely from Thursday's practice. Still, he'll be out there Week 6 behind starter D'Andre Swift (groin), which so far has amounted to 14 touches per game this season for Williams.
Oct 17, 2021 8:39 AM EST
Hockenson (hip/illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: A hip injury has kept Williams as a limited participant the past two weeks, while an illness caused him to miss Thursday's practice entirely. His return to pracice Friday suggests he'll play through the hip injury again this Sunday against the Bengals, working in tandem with D'Andre Swift in the Detroit backfield.
Oct 16, 2021 11:12 PM EST
Williams (hip/illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bengals, Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site reports.
Analysis: Fellow running back D'Andre Swift is also questionable due to a groin injury. Williams sandwiched Thursday's absence from practice between a pair of limited sessions, and he'll likely be a game-time decision Sunday.
Oct 15, 2021 12:11 PM EST
Williams (hip/illness) returned to practice Friday, Kyle Meinke of MLive.com reports.
Analysis: A hip injury has kept Williams as a limited participant the past two weeks, while an illness caused him to miss Thursday's practice entirely. His return to the field Friday suggests he'll play through the hip injury again this Sunday against the Bengals, working in tandem with D'Andre Swift in the Detroit backfield.
Oct 15, 2021 9:42 AM EST
Williams' Tim Twentyman of the Lions' official site was the result of a hip injury and an illness.
Analysis: Williams appeared on the Lions' initial Week 6 injury report as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, with only the hip issue attached to his name. His downgrade to no activity a day later with a new health concern in tow likely points to the illness being at the root of his absence, rather than any sort of setback with his hip. So long as he can get back on the field in some capacity Friday, Williams would still be in good position to complement D'Andre Swift (groin) out of the backfield during Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Oct 14, 2021 12:59 PM EST
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