Williams had six carries for 29 yards and one reception for 10 yards in Monday's victory over the 49ers.
Williams led Packers running backs in snaps Monday with 27 -- Ty Montgomery was on the field for 26 and Aaron Jones 19 -- but he still finished with single-digit touches for the third time in four weeks. The Packers have been content to rotate all three running backs early this season, but Jones has received 32 carries to Williams' 28 since making his season debut in Week 3, and it's possible that ratio could increase further in Jones' direction if the Packers are able to work him into more spots in the offense during the team's Week 7 bye. Even if that turns out not to be the case, expect Williams' current level of production to remain steady as long as all three backs are healthy.
Williams had six carries for 33 yards and two receptions for 19 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Williams did not get much going Sunday, but his opportunities were limited with the Packers needing to pass frequently with them well behind on the scoreboard most of the day. Williams was narrowly outproduced by fellow running back Aaron Jones on Sunday, but he still led all Packers running backs with 33 snaps, as Jones was on the field for just 22 plays while Ty Montgomery played 29. There has been much discussion about getting Jones more carries, and that could certainly happen -- at Williams' expense -- should game flow dictate that in the coming weeks. However, Williams is always going to have some sort of role given his pass protection skills, and the Packers seem comfortable rotating all their running backs in an effort to keep them fresh for the duration of the season.
Williams carried 16 times for 59 yards and caught three of four targets for 12 additional yards during Sunday's 29-29 tie with the Vikings.
Williams struggled to the tune of 3.7 yards per carry, generating a long run of just 11 yards against the stout Minnesota front. He also led the backfield in targets but averaged just four yards on his three receptions. Williams has been given the majority of the backfield work through the first two weeks, but he's responded with just 118 scrimmage yards on 34 touches. His backfield mate Aaron Jones is eligible to return from a two-game suspension next week against the Redskins and could eat into Williams' touches after this lackluster audition.
Williams (ankle) was in pads at Tuesday's practice, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Williams sustained an ankle injury last Thursday against the Steelers, but afterward he declared that he was "fine," according to Tom Pelissero of NFL.com. By returning within a week, Williams upheld this belief, but the Packers would behoove themselves by limiting his reps in preparation for Friday's preseason contest in Oakland. Elsewhere in the backfield, Aaron Jones is tending to a hamstring injury and will kick off the season with a two-game suspension, leaving Ty Montgomery as the unscathed running back option at the moment.
Coach Mike McCarthy said Williams (ankle) will be limited in practice this week, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.
Participation in any capacity would confirm that Williams escaped with a minor injury after exiting Thursday's preseason win over the Steelers. An appearance in Friday's exhibition against Oakland might be a lot to ask, but it least seems Williams is on the right track to make it back before Week 1. Ty Mongtomery could be busy with the first-team offense Friday, though the Packers are hopeful Aaron Jones (hamstring, suspension) also will be available.
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