There has been something wrong with Pittsburgh Steelers running back DeAngelo Williams’ knee. After being listed on the injury report for the past few weeks, Williams looked as if he had gotten over the injury when he shockingly dressed for the Week 9 game against the Baltimore Ravens.
However, after the game, the running back was back on the shelf, and Mike Tomlin announced he was getting his knee checked out at his weekly Tuesday press conference. After missing both Wednesday and Thursday practices, Mark Kaboly of DKPittsburgh Sports reports Williams has gone under the knife to have his knee repaired surgically.
“Williams had a similar surgery — lateral meniscus — that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had three weeks ago. It is unknown whether or not it was a repair or a trim of the meniscus. A trimming of the meniscus would require a shorter amount of recovery time.”
With Williams out of the lineup for the foreseeable future, how his knee recovers will certainly have an impact on the team’s depth chart. Fitzgerald Toussaint will be promoted to the primary backup role behind Le’Veon Bell, but the team could certainly promote Karlos Williams from their practice squad if Williams’ injury is going to shelf him for longer than they thought.
Williams is a team player, and in the final year of his contract. The Steelers can certainly be patient with the backup running back’s situation, but as the team presses on towards the postseason, they might have a difficult decision on their hands in regards to his roster spot.