Williams played 10 of 65 offensive snaps and one more on special teams during Sunday's 44-21 defeat to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Making his first appearance since tearing his ACL in Week 5 last season, Williams was unable to make an impact in the box score Sunday. Instead, Zach Ertz was the only Cards tight end looked at by Kyler Murray en route to two catches (on four targets) for 14 yards and one touchdown on 39 snaps on offense. Rookie second-rounder Trey McBride was a healthy scratch Week 1, so Williams' usage could be impacted if the former gets a chance to dress on game days. For the time being, though, the Arizona's TE pecking order if Ertz, Williams and Stephen Anderson (nine offensive snaps, one on special teams Sunday).
Sep 13, 2022 8:48 PM EST
Williams (knee) wasn't listed on the Cardinals' injury report Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams suffered a season-ending knee injury Oct. 10 last year and eventually underwent surgery Oct. 24. It was revealed at the start of training camp in late July that a torn ACL was to blame, and while he didn't play in the preseason, coach Kliff Kingsbury told Weinfuss on Wednesday that Williams will be a "full go" for Sunday's season opener at Chicago. With Zach Ertz still tending to a calf injury, Williams could be a big part of the game plan this weekend (along with rookie second-rounder Trey McBride) if the fellow veteran tight end is limited or out.
Sep 7, 2022 3:41 PM EST
Williams (knee) was activated from the PUP list Thursday morning, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams suffered an ACL tear Week 5 last year, putting an end to what was almost certainly going to be his best season (he needed just five games to come within 75 yards of his career high). Since then, the Cardinals have traded for Zach Ertz and drafted Trey McBride, likely ending any opportunity for Williams to have fantasy relevance. The 28-year-old will need to earn snaps with his blocking work, in all likelihood.
Aug 4, 2022 8:08 AM EST
Williams (knee) may get back on the field before the end of training camp, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. "I'd say he's ahead of schedule," coach Kliff Kingsbury said Tuesday regarding Williams' recovery. "Not saying he'll be ready to go or how that looks, but from where it started to where it is now I couldn't be more impressed."
Analysis: Williams continues his recovery from the torn ACL that he sustained Week 5 last season. Because he opened camp on the active/PUP list, he has the ability to practice or even play in the preseason. Kingsbury's comments imply that the former is more likely to happen than the latter, but if Williams remains on the PUP list beyond cut-down day on Aug. 30, he'll move to the reserve version of the list and be required to miss at least the first four games of the coming campaign. Once Williams is available to Arizona's offense, he'll have to vie with Zach Ertz and likely rookie second-round pick Trey McBride for reps at tight end.
Jul 26, 2022 2:33 PM EST
The Cardinals placed Williams (knee) on the active/PUP list Friday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Williams suffered a torn ACL in Week 5 last season and will continue to rehab during training camp. He's eligible to return at any time during camp, but if he isn't removed from the active PUP list before the final roster deadline, the tight end will be forced to miss at least the first six games of the regular season.
Jul 22, 2022 9:55 AM EST
Williams (knee) is expected to begin training camp on the PUP list, Jess Root of USA Today reports.
Analysis: Williams is working his way back from a season-ending right ACL tear suffered Week 5 last season. In Williams' five appearances in 2021, he racked up an impressive 16 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown on 17 targets. Since Williams' initial injury, however, the Cardinals have traded for and extended Zach Ertz, in addition to selecting Trey McBride in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. That likely leaves Williams, who re-signed with Arizona on a one-year deal back in March, as the No. 3 tight end once back to full health.
Jun 22, 2022 6:54 AM EST
The Cardinals and Williams (knee) agreed to terms on a one-year contract Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Before sustaining a season-ending knee injury Week 5 of last year, Williams displayed a great rapport with quarterback Kyler Murray, hauling in 16 of 17 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown. The injury eventually forced the Cardinals to trade for Zach Ertz midseason, and the two sides came to terms on a three-year deal earlier this offseason. Williams thus will serve as the No. 2 tight end in Arizona in the fall, but first he'll continue his recovery from an October surgery.
Mar 16, 2022 12:05 PM EST
Williams (knee) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, shifting back to injured reserve, Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston reports.
Analysis: The tight end returned to the team Wednesday after being placed on the COVID list Jan. 5. Williams remains on IR while rehabbing an ACL injury that he suffered in October, keeping his focus on a return for the 2022 season.
Jan 12, 2022 3:16 PM EST
The Cardinals shifted Williams (knee) from injured reserve to the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams is in recovery mode from a torn ACL in his right knee, which he sustained Oct. 10 against the 49ers and had surgery on Oct. 24. Now that he's in COVID-19 protocols, he'll have to stay away from team facilities. Aaron Wilson of Sportstalk 790 Houston noted all 13 players that were placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday tested positive for the virus, so it remains to be seen when Arizona will move Williams back to IR.
Jan 5, 2022 2:58 PM EST
Williams revealed via his personal Twitter account that he underwent surgery on his right knee Oct. 24.
Analysis: The Cardinals haven't offered specifics regarding the nature of Williams' surgery, but so long as the procedure didn't involve an ACL repair, he could have a shot at being cleared for the start of OTAs in late April. Whether Williams joins the Cardinals or another team for those workouts isn't yet known, as the 27-year-old tight end is set to become an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year. Before sustaining the knee injury Week 5, Williams had been productive in a starting role for Arizona, turning in a 16-193-1 receiving line on 17 targets.
Nov 23, 2021 11:27 AM EST
Williams (knee) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: The 2015 second-round pick was threatening for a Year 6 breakout before he suffered a major knee injury in the Week 5 win over San Francisco. While the Cardinals haven't confirmed that it's season-ending, multiple reports suggest Williams likely tore a ligament. Prior to Sunday, he'd enjoyed the most productive stretch of his career in Weeks 2-4, catching 15 of 15 targets for 179 yards and a touchdown. The Cardinals are now left with Darrell Daniels, Demetrius Harris and recent practice-squad signing Richard Rodgers at tight end.
Oct 13, 2021 8:15 AM EST
The Cardinals fear that Williams (knee) suffered a season-ending injury during Sunday's win over the 49ers, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Williams had to be carted off the field Sunday after suffering a hit from a 49ers defender. A 2015 second-round pick, Williams' injury timing is particularly brutal due to the strong chemistry he demonstrated with ascending quarterback Kyler Murray early in the season. With 16 catches for 193 yards and one touchdown over the last four weeks, Williams appeared to finally be developing into a more consistent receiving threat. Now, if Williams' injury is indeed confirmed to be season ending, a combination of Darrell Daniels (COVID-19), Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis will have to step up in Arizona's tight end room.
Oct 11, 2021 7:54 AM EST
Williams (knee) won't return to Sunday's contest against the 49ers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Williams took a low hit from a 49ers defender at the end of his only catch of the day late in the second quarter and needed a cart to get to the locker room. With a knee injury confirmed, the Cardinals likely are holding out hope that it doesn't affect his left ACL. Behind Williams -- and with Darrell Daniels (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list -- the team is down to Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis at tight end.
Oct 10, 2021 3:07 PM EST
Williams sustained a leg injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game versus the 49ers, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: At the end of his only catch of the day, a 14-yarder, Williams took the brunt of a low hit from a San Francisco defender on his left leg. He required a cart to leave the field, and while the nature of the injury is unknown he doesn't seem like a candidate to return. With fellow tight end Darrell Daniels (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Cardinals only have Demetrius Harris and Ross Travis as healthy options at the position.
Oct 10, 2021 2:51 PM EST
Williams (shoulder) is active for Sunday's contest against the 49ers.
Analysis: Williams has put himself on the fantasy radar of late by hauling in all 15 targets for 179 yards and one TD over the last three games. In any case, his status for Week 5 was in question after he followed a DNP/LP/LP practice regimen in advance of this game. Now that he's available to play Sunday, Williams will aim to produce again versus a San Francisco defense that has allowed 7.2 YPT to tight ends this season.
Oct 10, 2021 12:16 PM EST
Williams (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: He'll take the injury tag into the weekend after he was limited in practices Thursday and Friday. With the Cardinals' top backup tight end, Darrell Daniels, on the reserve/COVID-19 list, third-stringer Demetrius Harris would pick up the Week 5 start if Williams ends up on the inactive list Sunday.
Oct 8, 2021 3:37 PM EST
Williams (shoulder) was limited at practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Analysis: Williams has been a regular target of Kyler Murray over the last three games, hauling in all 15 of his targets for 179 yards and one touchdown. He's now upgraded from Wednesday's missed session, so he seems to be heading in the right direction through his shoulder issue. Friday's injury report could clear Williams' status entirely for Sunday's contest against the 49ers.
Oct 7, 2021 3:02 PM EST
Williams (shoulder) didn't practice Wednesday, Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: After failing to catch his only target on a season-high snap share (79 percent) in Week 1, Williams has been busy as a receiver over the last three games on less work, hauling in all 15 passes directed his way from Kyler Murray for 179 yards and one touchdown. It's unclear if Williams' current health concern will threaten his ability to suit up Sunday versus the 49ers, but he'll look to get back on the practice field Thursday and/or Friday and put himself in a position to do so.
Oct 6, 2021 4:09 PM EST
Williams caught all five of his targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-20 win over the Rams.
Analysis: The tight end had another big performance, tying A.J. Green for the team lead in catches while falling one yard short of Green and DeAndre Hopkins for the team lead in receiving yards on the afternoon. Williams got into the end zone for the first time this season in the second quarter, hauling in a 14-yard strike from Kyler Murray to give the Cards a lead they wouldn't relinquish. Williams will look to continue his strong start to the campaign in Week 5 against the 49ers.
Oct 3, 2021 5:40 PM EST
Williams posted three catches (on three targets) for 19 yards during Sunday's 31-19 win at Jacksonville.
Analysis: Williams continues to earn the bulk of the Cardinals' snaps on offense this season, with his 76-percent share Sunday in line with his marks from Weeks 1 and 2 (80 and 74 percent, respectively). Meanwhile, fellow TEs Darrell Daniels (34 percent) and Demetrius Harris (10) remained well behind Williams in Week 3. Williams' output has been sporadic to date, as he followed up a zero-catch performance in the season opener with a 7-94-0 line on seven targets Week 2. Considering he's only surpassed 200 yards receiving twice in six seasons prior to 2021, he'll likely be hard-pressed to do more than his performance this past Sunday on a weekly basis.
Sep 28, 2021 7:03 PM EST
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