Williams' one-game suspension was lifted by the NFL on Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Though the veteran safety will rejoin his teammates for the final three weeks of the regular season, his future with the organization remains up in the air. Williams is set to become an unrestricted free agent this winter, and he's yet to start a single game at strong safety after registering 15 starts during 2019. Ohio State product Vonn Bell offers a younger, albeit more expensive, option at the position.
Williams has been suspended one game for violation of the NFL's unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules, Michael Signora of NFL Communications reports.
Williams stepped on the leg of Dolphins offensive guard Solomon Kindley during Sunday's loss to Miami, prompting the league to dole out discipline to the 29-year-old safety. The Georgia product has made 10 appearances this season, but he remains without a start after registering 15 during 2019. Vonn Bell's arrival via free agency has curtailed Williams' role, but now the veteran will be entirely unavailable Week 14.
Williams recorded one solo tackle in Sunday's 19-7 loss to the Dolphins.
Williams' day ended early after the safety got into a scuffle in the second half and was ejected. He likely won't be suspended for his actions, meaning he'll be available in Week 14 against the Cowboys.
Williams (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game versus the Browns, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Williams was limited in practice all week and was expected to play all along, and he's officially in the lineup for Sunday's divisional clash. The veteran safety has averaged just 10 defensive snaps per game this year, as Vonn Bell and Jessie Bates have started at the position, so Williams is slated for a reserve role once again.
Williams (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, but he's expected to be available, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
If he suits up, Williams should provide some depth in the Cincinnati secondary. Williams has five tackles in four games played this season.
Williams (calf) is listed as active Week 3 against Philadelphia, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Williams appeared to have the backing of the coaching staff this week despite being limited in each practice session, but he'll ultimately end up taking the field for his season debut. The 29-year-old is coming off back-to-back 100-tackle seasons, but is expected to serve primarily in a depth role as he's eased back into action.
Williams (calf) is considered questionable for Sunday's game versus the Eagles.
Coach Zac Taylor said Williams would be ready to make his season debut Sunday, but the team's injury report casts some doubt on his status. However, it does appear the 29-year-old safety is trending in the right direction, and if he indeed suits up, expect to see him line up on special teams with a rotational role on defense Sunday.
Williams (calf) will make his season debut Sunday in Philadelphia, per coach Zac Taylor, Geoff Hobson of the Bengals' official site reports.
According to Taylor, Williams will play on special teams and serve in an evolving role on defense, so the amount of defensive snaps the safety plays will likely depend on how well his injury responds early in the game.
Williams (calf) returned to practice Monday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Williams didn't practice over the past two weeks, but now he's trending in the right direction. He's likely just operating in a limited capacity, and Wednesday's practice report will provide a better idea about his Week 3 availability. Williams may work in a reserve role when he returns to game action, as Vonn Bell is likely the No. 1 strong safety.
Williams (calf) is ruled out for Thursday's game in Cleveland, Paul Dehner Jr. of The Athletic reports.
Williams will miss a second straight game due to his lingering calf injury. As long as he's unable to go, Brandon Wilson will continue to serve as the primary backup to Vonn Bell.
Williams (calf) didn't participate in Monday's practice, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Williams sat out of Week 1's loss to the Chargers, and he could miss a second straight game to start the season. Considering he hasn't practiced with the team since suffering the injury Aug. 18, it appears he's trending toward another night on the sidelines.
Williams (calf) has been ruled out for Sunday's game versus the Chargers, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Williams will miss his first game since the 2017 season, but he was expected to lose the starting job to Vonn Bell despite another season with 100-plus tackles. With Williams ruled out, Brandon Wilson will be the primary backup for Bell and Jessie Bates, and Williams will look to shake off the injury quickly before Week 2's Thursday matchup versus the Browns.
Williams (calf) didn't participate during Wednesday's practice.
Williams needed to be carted off the practice field Aug. 18 due to the injury, and, as evidenced by this news, he's still feeling the effects from the issue. The fact that he wasn't able to log any practice time isn't a great sign for his Week 1 availability, and if he's forced to miss time, more snaps would be given to Vonn Bell and Brandon Wilson at safety.
Williams (calf) will not participate in Sunday's scrimmage, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Williams is considered week-to-week due to a calf injury he suffered Aug. 18, the severity of which required him to be carted off the practice field. He'll have two weeks to get ready for the season opener Sept. 13 versus the Chargers.
Williams (calf) is considered week-to-week, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Williams was carted off the field last week due to a calf injury, so it's not surprising that this is a serious issue. His status for Week 1's matchup against the Chargers is in danger, and Vonn Bell is locked into a starting workload if that's the case.
Williams, who was carted off Tuesday with what has now been identified as a calf injury, is working on the side, Richard Skinner of WKRC Local 12 reports.
The Bengals can scarcely afford another major injury in their secondary, with Trae Waynes already out with a pectoral injury.
Williams was carted off the field at practice Tuesday due to an undisclosed injury, Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
The nature and severity of Williams' injury remain unclear. The 29-year-old fought through multiple issues last season, but he still managed to play an every-down role in all 16 games.
The Bengals decided to keep Williams on the roster instead of Dre' Kirkpatrick in the wake of their free agency moves in the secondary, Chris Rolling of USA Today reports.
Williams has a cheaper price tag than Kirkpatrick and can play multiple positions, though his stint as a linebacker last year was more of a last resort and didn't go all that well.
Williams recorded 114 tackles (80 solo), one sack, three defended passes and one interception aross 16 regular-season games in 2019.
Williams played an every-down role at strong safety for the Bengals in 2019, surpassing 1,000 defensive snaps in a season for the first time in his career. He's on track to reprise a similar role for Cincinnati in the 2020 season, giving him respectable value in IDP formats.
Williams recorded 13 tackles (eight solo) and a sack in Sunday's 38-35 loss to Miami.
Williams saw a season-high 89 snaps, allowing him to equal his seasonal tackle mark as well as the career-high 110 he set last season. The sack was his first of the year.
|Sun 09/13||@ CIN||L 16-13||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Thu 09/17||@ CLE||L 30-35||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 09/27||@ PHI||T 23-23||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/04||vs JAC||W 33-25||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/11||@ BAL||L 3-27||1||1||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/18||@ IND||L 27-31||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 10/25||vs CLE||L 34-37||2||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/01||vs TEN||W 31-20||1||0||1||0||0||1||0||0|
|Sun 11/15||@ PIT||L 10-36||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/22||@ WAS||L 9-20||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 11/29||vs NYG||L 17-19||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/06||@ MIA||L 7-19||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mon 12/21||vs PIT||W 27-17||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 12/27||@ HOU||W 37-31||0||1||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|Sun 01/03||vs BAL||L 3-38||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
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