Williams' three-game suspension for a violation of the policy on substances of abuse has been lifted, but the wide receiver remains on injured reserve due to a right foot injury, per the NFL's transaction log.
Williams underwent foot surgery in the offseason, a stretch that included a May arrest for public intoxication. While his legal woes were settled in early August, the NFL investigated the matter and handed down a ban for the current campaign. Along the way, Williams made just three brief appearances before the Cowboys placed him on injured reserve on Oct. 6. It's unclear where he stands in his recovery effort, but he's eligible to come off IR as early as Week 14 against the Eagles.
Williams (foot) is facing a suspension for the first three weeks of the 2019 season, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
The Cowboys placed Williams on injured reserve earlier this month, and because the foot issue is already expected to sideline him for the rest of the season, the three-game ban will roll over to 2019. It's unclear what exactly is at the root of the suspension, but it's worth noting that the wideout was arrested back in May for public intoxication and had missed practices for an unspecified off-the-field issue prior to aggravating a foot injury that previously required offseason surgery. Though Williams is on the Cowboys' books through 2020, it wouldn't be surprising if he never played another down for the club given the pending suspension and the lack of development he has shown since signing his second contract with the team in March 2017.
Williams' sixth season in Dallas will come to a premature end after he just missed the first game of his career. He was considered a healthy inactive in last week's game against the Lions, but it was later learned he sat out for personal reasons as well as complications from a surgically repaired right foot. The 29-year-old will now set his sights on a 2019 return. He caught just two balls for 18 yards in three games this season.
Williams (foot) is listed as out for Sunday's game versus the Texans, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
This will be the second straight game Williams misses. He's been rarely used on offense, bringing in two of three targets for 18 yards over three games. His absence won't be felt in the fantasy realm.
Williams (foot) was absent from practice Thursday, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Williams was given the day off Wednesday for unspecified off-the-field issues, but complications from offseason surgery on his right foot were cited as the impetus for Thursday's DNP. Through four games, he's missed one game and averaged 13 offensive snaps in the others. With that knowledge, there's no telling when he next will be available to the Cowboys offense.
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