Williams failed to record a tackle against Denver on Sunday, and finished the regular season with 46 tackles (34 solo), including a half sack and two fumble recoveries. Primarily a special teams' player, Williams has seen a steady decline in playing time on defensive during his three seasons in the NFL. After playing 37.2 percent of Pittsburgh's defensive snaps in his rookie season, Williams was on the field only 25.1 percent of the time in 2014, with that number dropping to just 17.3 percent this season. That is not a trend fantasy owners look for when drafting IDP players.
The Steelers have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 17 showdown with the Bengals: cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder, forearm), safety Troy Polamalu (knee), tight end Michael Palmer (groin), quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Justin Brown, defensive end Clifton Geathers and guard Chris Hubbard. Taylor, Polamalu and Palmer were all listed as questionable to play Sunday but none of the three will be available for the regular-season finale. The three players listed as probable to play in Week 17 are all active, including tackle Kelvin Beachum (back), tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) and linebacker Vince Williams (ankle). Pittsburgh is a 3 1/2-point favorite at home against Cincinnati.
The Steelers have listed safety Troy Polamalu (knee), cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder, forearm) and tight end Michael Palmer (groin) were labeled questionable for Sunday's regular season finale against Cincinnati. Tackle/guard Kelvin Beachum (back), tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) and linebacker Vince Williams (ankle) were ruled probable.
Mike Tomlin has stated that the team will monitor Steelers linebacker Vince Williams (ankle) and tackle Kelvin Beachum (back) as it prepares to host Cincinnati in the regular season finale Sunday. Williams has started just two games, but he has seen increased playing time over the course of the season.
The Steelers will go into Week 2 with all of their stud offensive players. A number of important players entered the week listed as probable on the injury report. Nearly all of them are active Week 2 against the Steelers. Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Ben Roethlisberger, Cody Wallace and Markus Wheaton were all cleared to play. While they were all on the injury report, only Wallace was dealing with an injury. The rest missed practice for non-injury reasons. On defense, the Steelers will have Brett Keisel, Steve McLendon, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor, Shamarko Thomas and Vince Williams. Wallace was dealing with an ankle issue, but the rest were listed for non-injury reasons.