Jonathan Williams

Washington Redskins
Running Back #31
Washington Redskins
Running Back #31

Jonathan Williams News

Held to 41 yards in start

Williams took 14 carries for 32 yards and two catches for nine yards in Sunday's 26-6 win over Dallas.

Analysis: Williams got the third start of his career three weeks before his 29th birthday, though Jaret Patterson finished with more carries and yards (17 for 78) with both Antonio Gibson (foot) and Brian Robinson (knee) inactive for the season finale. Williams is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and should find an opportunity -- be it in Washington or elsewhere -- to compete for a special-teams role and depth RB job.

Jan 9, 2023 10:58 AM EST

Likely to lead backfield Sunday

Williams is expected to serve as the Commanders' starting running back Sunday against the Cowboys with Brian Robinson (knee) ruled out for the season finale and with Antonio Gibson (foot/knee) having been placed on injured reserve earlier this week, Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: J.D. McKissic (neck) has also been sidelined since early November and won't be activated from IR for Week 18, so the Commanders will close the season without any of their top three running backs entering the campaign. While Gibson was sidelined for last week's loss to Cleveland, Williams saw a healthy amount of work behind Robinson, carrying nine times for 30 yards while reeling in three of five targets for three yards across 31 snaps. His ability to contribute on three downs makes Williams a more appealing fantasy target than Jaret Patterson, who was elevated from the practice squad Thursday and should also have a role in the finale, but more likely as a runner than as a weapon in the passing game. Washington could also bring up Reggie Bonnafon from the practice squad to provide additional depth behind Williams and Patterson.

Jan 6, 2023 9:52 AM EST

Gets 12 touches

Williams took nine carries for 30 yards and caught three of five targets for three yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to Cleveland.

Analysis: Williams was the No. 2 back with Antonio Gibson (knee) inactive and ended up playing 46 percent of snaps, though Brian Robinson had a safe majority of the ground work with 24 carries for 87 yards (and one incomplete target). Williams could have a similar role Week 18 against a tough Dallas defense if Gibson is out again, while Gibson's return would push Williams back to third on the depth chart.

Jan 2, 2023 11:01 AM EST

Outgains Antonio Gibson

Williams took three carries for 13 yards and caught two of three targets for 28 yards in Saturday's 37-20 loss to San Francisco.

Analysis: The 28-year-old journeyman has primarily played special teams this season and got four of his five touches Saturday after the Commanders had fallen behind by 16 points in the fourth quarter. He'll have a hard time matching this production unless Brian Robinson or Antonio Gibson misses time over the final two weeks of the regular season.

Dec 26, 2022 5:25 AM EST

Plays limited role

Williams had one carry for one-yard in Sunday's 20-20 tie against the Giants.

Analysis: Williams saw just two snaps on offense while contributing 17 on special teams. The veteran running back has had a limited role this year, compiling a total of 77 yards on 11 carries in nine games. Firmly behind Antonio Gibson and Brian Robinson, Williams will likely need an injury to occur to see his role increase.

Dec 6, 2022 4:57 PM EST

Gets a few carries

Williams took four carries for 22 yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over the Falcons.

Analysis: Williams played five snaps, his first action on offense since a Week 4 blowout loss to the Cowboys. There's no guarantee of more touches Week 13 against the Giants, with Williams' chances to handle a consistent role seemingly depending no either Brian Robinson or Antonio Gibson missing time.

Nov 28, 2022 1:00 PM EST

Available Sunday

Williams (knee) is officially active for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Analysis: Williams missed four of the past five games with a knee issue but is good to go for Sunday's contest. The 28-year-old has only six carries for 54 yards in six games this year and is unlikely to see much offensive action in Houston with Brian Robinson and Antonio Gibson entering the game in good health.

Nov 20, 2022 9:00 AM EST

Week 11 status up in the air

Williams (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Williams has been dealing with a lingering knee issue that's caused him to miss four out of Washington's last five contests, but he's since logged full sessions in each of the team's practices heading into Sunday's matchup versus Houston. While the 28-year-old's availability remains unknown for certain, it appears like he'll be able to continue operating in his usual role as a special-teams contributor in Week 11.

Nov 18, 2022 10:09 AM EST

Full go in practice Wednesday

Williams (knee) was listed as a full participant on the Commanders' estimated injury report Wednesday.

Analysis: Williams was a late add to Week 10's injury report, as he first popped up with a knee issue Monday morning before being ruled inactive for Washington's win over Philadelphia. While the Commanders did not hold a full practice Wednesday, it appears the running back was able to quickly work past this injury given his estimated participation to begin Week 11. Williams has played primarily on special teams over six games this season, though he could see usage in a supplemental role on offense if No. 3 running back J.D. McKissic (neck) remains out against the Texans on Sunday.

Nov 16, 2022 7:19 PM EST

Won't play Monday

Williams (knee) has been ruled inactive ahead of Monday's game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Williams will not be available to suit up after being added to the Commanders' injury report with a knee injury Monday. The 28-year-old has not logged an offensive snap since Week 4, though his absence should leave Jaret Patterson as Washington's No. 3 running back with J.D. McKissic (neck) also inactive for MNF.

Nov 14, 2022 3:54 PM EST

Added to injury report

Williams (knee) was added to the game status report as questionable for Monday's contest versus the Eagles.

Analysis: Williams was a late addition to Monday's injury report as he's apparently dealing with a knee injury ahead of the Week 10 contest. The running back has only six carries on the campaign and if he is forced to miss Monday's matchup, it likely wouldn't impact the game plan much at all.

Nov 14, 2022 9:29 AM EST

Cleared for Week 8

Williams doesn't have an injury designation ahead of Sunday's matchup against the Colts, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Williams has missed back-to-back games due to a knee injury, but he's returned to practice during Week 8 prep and is expected to be available Sunday. The veteran running back has played primarily on special teams this season and is firmly planted behind Brian Robinson, Antonio Robinson and J.D. McKissic on the running back depth chart.

Oct 28, 2022 11:32 AM EST

Limited again Thursday

Williams (knee) was listed as a limited participant on the Commanders' injury report Thursday.

Analysis: Williams has been sidelined with a knee injury over the past two weeks, though he did return to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday. The 28-year-old appears to be trending in the right direction after stringing together back-to-back limited sessions, and he'll have one more practice to improve his status before Sunday's game against the Colts. Williams has played 79 of his 88 snaps on special teams so far this season.

Oct 27, 2022 1:39 PM EST

Returns to practice Wednesday

Williams (knee) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, John Keim of reports.

Analysis: Williams has missed back-to-back games due to a knee injury, so his return to practice, albeit in a limited fashion, is an encouraging sign. However, he'll likely have to log at least one full session over the next two days to be cleared for Sunday's matchup against the Colts.

Oct 26, 2022 10:47 AM EST

Unavailable against Green Bay

Williams (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers, Sam Fortier of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Williams sustained a knee injury during the Commanders' Week 5 matchup against the Titans and will be sidelined for a second consecutive game. His next chance to suit up will be Oct. 30 against Indianapolis.

Oct 21, 2022 10:56 AM EST

Sitting out Thursday practice

Williams (knee) did not practice Thursday, ESPN's John Keim reports.

Analysis: Williams hasn't practiced since suffering his knee injury Oct. 9, and with just a Friday practice left this week it might be difficult for him to get back into game shape prior to Sunday's game against Green Bay. As the RB4 in Washington his absence likely wouldn't change anything for the Washington offense.

Oct 20, 2022 11:22 AM EST

Non-participant Wednesday

Williams (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Williams missed the team's Week 6 win over Chicago due to a knee injury he suffered against Tennessee a week prior. The veteran running back is trending towards a second straight absence, but he'll have two more opportunities to practice before Washington needs to make a decision on his status for Sunday's matchup against Green Bay.

Oct 19, 2022 11:14 AM EST

Won't play Thursday night

Williams (knee) is listed as out for Thursday's game at Chicago, Zach Selby of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Williams was forced out of Sunday's loss versus Tennessee early with a knee injury, and it now appears he'll need to sit out at least one full game as he recovers. Antonio Gibson could see more snaps on special teams as a result.

Oct 12, 2022 12:33 PM EST

Still dealing with injury

Williams (knee) was a DNP on the team's estimated practice report Monday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Williams suffered the injury during Sunday's game with the Titans, and he was unable to return. His inability to participate, even if just an estimation, does not bode well for his status for Thursday's game with the Bears.

Oct 10, 2022 4:23 PM EST

Won't return Sunday

Williams has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Titans due to a knee injury.

Analysis: Williams played primarily on special teams before leaving the contest in the second half due to a knee injury. The Commanders have a short week and play again Thursday, so the knee injury could hinder the running back's availability for Week 6 as well.

Oct 9, 2022 12:28 PM EST

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