Williams signed a four-year extension that runs through the 2020 season, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports. A valuable reserve last season, Williams is now expected to replace the departed Reggie Nelson (signed by Oakland) as a starting safety alongside George Iloka. The 2013 third-round selection came out of college with a reputation for his hitting and run-stopping, but he's also proven to be quite capable in pass coverage. Williams and Iloka both offer IDP potential for 2016.
Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham and cornerback Adam Jones are listed as questionable on the team's final injury report for Week 15 against the Browns.Gresham, who injured his toe in Thursday's practice, did not practice Friday. Cornerback Terence Newman is also considered questionable. Margus Hunt and James Wright are listed as doubtful. The following players are listed as probable for Sunday: Dre Kirkpatrick, Mike Nugent, Mike Pollak and Shawn Williams.
The Bengals have ruled out wide receiver Marvin Jones for the Sunday game against Tennessee with a foot injury that has prevented him from playing in either of the first two games. He is the lone certain scratch listed on the Friday injury report. Several players have been deemed doubtful, however, including linebacker Vontaze Burfict (concussion), running back Rex Burkhead (knee), linebacker Sean Porter (hamstring), defensive tackle Brandon Thompson (knee) and guard Kevin Zeitler (calf). Defensive end Carlos Dunlap (knee), offensive lineman Mike Pollak (knee), tackle Andrew Whitworth (knee) and safety Shawn Williams (groin) are all listed as probable.
On Day 3 of the NFL Draft, the Bengals added Georgia safety Shawn Williams, Texas A&M linebacker Sean Porter, Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead and Arkansas wide receiver Cobi Hamilton.
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