Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is a master in his weekly press conferences of saying everything, but nothing at all. When he spoke of injuries to his team heading into the AFC Wild Card game against the Cincinnati Bengals, DeAngelo Williams was the first name brought up.
Tomlin said Williams' ankle injury was more to the foot than the ankle, and with no structural damage to the joint, he will be evaluated as the week progresses. Some speculate this is a pain tolerance-type injury with Williams, but Tomlin is leaving the door open for the starting running back to return to the lineup in the postseason.
Tomlin on Williams: Being evaluated, getting treatment. Characterized as day to day. Won't rule in or out at this point #Steelers— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) January 5, 2016
What Tomlin was willing to say was how the team is going to develop a plan around Fitzgerald Toussain and Jordan Todman, in case Williams is unable to play this Saturday night. The team is not going to be looking at bringing in any other running backs, as they did with Ben Tate prior to the 2014 AFC Wild Card game, but rather sticking with the players they currently have on their roster.
#Steelers will not bring in a veteran running back. Will work with Toussaint and Todman. Not counting Williams out this week— Dale Lolley (@dlolleyor) January 5, 2016
Williams' injury will be a hot-button item across the NFL landscape, and his practice availability starting Wednesday will be a clear sign of whether the team will be playing him in Cincinnati, or letting him rest.
Other injury news included Jarvis Jones being deemed as healthy and ready to resume practice Wednesday without any setbacks. The nature of his injury was not made public, and wouldn't have to be if he didn't miss practice in the week leading up to the Wild Card game.
The Steelers will report to practice Wednesday in preparation of their Saturday night game at Paul Brown Stadium set for an 8:20 p.m. EDT kickoff.