Williams totaled two tackles (both solo) in the Steelers' 30-12 playoff win against the Dolphins on Sunday. Williams finished the regular season with 47 tackles (37 solo). He has been the model of consistency over his four-year career, averaging 47 tackles per season, but he stepped-up his game slightly, recording two sacks after having just a half sack in his previous three seasons.
Williams (shoulder) will be active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins. Williams was evaluated for a shoulder injury earlier in the week, but will ultimately be able to play in the Steelers' wild-card matchup. He's set to back-up Lawrence Timmons at inside linebacker.
According to head coach Mike Tomlin, Williams is being evaluated for a shoulder injury, Dale Lolley of the Observer-Reporter reports. Look for more information to come once practice reports are released later this week. The reserve linebacker has played primarily on special teams for the second half of the season, so his absence from the field wouldn't have a major impact on the defensive game plan. Should he be ruled out, L.J. Fort would see increased action Sunday against the Dolphins.
Williams is experiencing heat-related cramps and considered questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Dolphins. With Ryan Shazier (knee) inactive, seventh-round rookie Tyler Matakevich stands to see a significant uptick in playing time should Williams not return.
Williams had a team-high nine tackles (eight solo), including a sack in Sunday's 31-13 win over the Jets. After an embarrassing loss to the Eagles in Week 3, the Steelers' defense has been dominant. Led by Williams' 25 tackles, including three sacks, in this past two games, they'll continue their three-game swing against AFC East teams when they visit the struggling Dolphins in Week 6.