The Cardinals signed Williams on Sunday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. During the first week of training camp, the Cardinals worked out a few veteran cornerbacks, likely to gauge each one's health, but injuries to Justin Bethel (knee) and Ronald Zamort (torn ACL) seemingly forced their hand earlier than expected. With the addition of Williams, the organization upheld its standard of plugging and playing a vet corner opposite All-Pro Patrick Peterson. However, that veteran will likely be Bethel, if he recovers from a hyperextended left knee. If Williams is able to obtain a large role, though, he's coming off two seasons with the Browns in which he notched 105 tackles (83 solo), 15 passes defended and two interceptions in 27 games, 22 of them starts.
Williams was released by the Browns on Tuesday. The Browns have decided to cut ties with the 33-year-old cornerback just two seasons after inking him to a three-year, $21 million contract. Williams struggled with knee and shoulder aliments throughout the 2016 season, forcing him to miss five contests. He recorded 36 tackles, five pass deflections, and one interception in 12 games. He'll now look to find his way onto a roster in need of some secondary depth, as the veteran will bring plenty of experience wherever he winds up.
Williams (knee) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice. Williams has missed two consecutive games due to the knee issue, but he appears in line to return for Week 14's matchup against the Bengals.
Williams (knee) is listed as inactive for Sunday's home matchup against the Giants. With Williams listed as inactive for the second straight week, look for Briean Boddy-Calhoun to see additional snaps on defense, especially in nickel packages. The veteran defensive back has increased his practice participation this past week from a non-participant to a limited participant, so if he continues to progress, there's a chance Williams could suit up after the team's Week 13 bye.
Williams (knee) is considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com reports. Williams was unable to play last week against Pittsburgh, but he'll have a shot to return in Week 12 as the Browns play host to the Giants. Cleveland is dealing with several minor injuries in their secondary, so Briean Boddy-Calhoun could be in line for additional snaps.
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