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Steelers RB DeAngelo Williams to see foot specialist in Charlotte, NC

The Pittsburgh Steelers were hopeful to see DeAngelo Williams return to the lineup for the Divisional round of the playoffs, but a trip to a specialist in North Carolina could tell a different story.

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Through all the rain, blood, sweat and tears in the Pittsburgh Steelers victory over the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday night, there were many new injuries of note. Ben Roethlisberger now has a slightly separated shoulder, Antonio Brown is dealing with a concussion, Robert Golden has a shoulder injury of his own and full back Will Johnson has a pulled hamstring.

Quite the laundry list, but what is being lost throughout the madness which transpired at Paul Brown Stadium is the fact the Steelers have been hopeful to get DeAngelo Williams back in the fold for the Divisional round of the playoffs after sitting out the Wild Card round with a foot/ankle injury suffered against the Cleveland Browns in Week 17.

Despite Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman filling in nicely, Williams is the more experienced and more polished runner who could help elevate a Steelers offense potentially deploying an injured quarterback against the Denver Broncos this Sunday.

As it turns out, Williams is headed to Charlotte, NC to visit a foot specialist in regards to his injury. This is never good news when a player has to leave the facility to get a second opinion on an injury. Either the injury isn't healing properly, or the medical staff in Pittsburgh, and for the Steelers, is still searching for answers as to how to best treat the damage done to the joint.

This is far from a potential death sentence for Williams' season, but the visit will hopefully provide clarity for not only Williams, but the Steelers as they look to move forward with an inexperienced, and depleted, running back depth chart.