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Former Cardinals RB Ryan Williams gets second chance with Cowboys

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Ryan Williams has a new chance in Dallas. (USATSI)
Ryan Williams has a new chance in Dallas. (USATSI)

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After three seasons of injuries and disappointing results, the Cardinals last week released running back Ryan Williams. Only a few days later, though, the Cowboys signed him, giving his career a much-needed boost.

After missing his entire rookie season in 2011 with a knee injury, the Cardinals 2011 second-round draft pick only managed to play five games in 2012, averaging 2.8 yards per carry on 58 attempts. Last season, he didn't make the gameday roster a single time, and with the Cardinals looking to work Andre Ellington as the No. 1 running back, Williams was deemed expendable.

Though Arizona coach Bruce Arians said in February that Williams would have a chance to make the roster, he also said this.

"There's always a door number two," Arians said. "If door number two is better when we look behind it, he could be gone. But he can play."

Now that he's with Dallas, Williams likely will compete against Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle for the right to back up Demarco Murray.

And maybe, just maybe Williams has a chance to succeed.

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