Just after news broke of the Cincinnati Bengals ruling out their starting quarterback Andy Dalton for the AFC Wild Card game Saturday, the Pittsburgh Steelers followed by announcing their starting running back DeAngelo Williams will be out for the playoff game.
#Steelers HC Mike Tomlin has ruled RB DeAngelo Williams OUT for Saturday's Wild Card Game in Cincinnati. Everyone else is probable.— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) January 8, 2016
The Steelers will now turn to Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman to carry the load at the running back position. If there is an injury to one of those two backs, Will Johnson will likely fill in as a ball carrier for the Steelers.
This marks the second straight season the Steelers will go into a AFC North divisional Wild Card playoff game without their starting running back. Last year it was Le'Veon Bell being injured in Week 17 and being forced to watch Ben Tate, Dri Archer and Josh Harris not get the job done at home against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Steelers are optimistic Williams could play in the divisional round, if they are able to win Saturday night.
All other players who missed practice this week, for whatever reason, are listed as probable on the Steelers official injury report.