Williams has made his love for the city of Pittsburgh abundantly known and it paid dividends Thursday. The four-year deal will keep Williams in the Steel City through the 2021 season. Since 2013, Williams has recorded 10.5 sacks and 244 tackles with the Steelers.
Williams cleared the league's concussion protocol and will be eligible to return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Williams was taken to the locker room during the first half of Sunday's tilt after suffering the head injury, but he'll likely be back in action following halftime.
Williams is being evaluated for a possible concussion and his return to Sunday's game against the Jaguars is considered questionable.
Williams, who posted a career-best 89 tackles during the 2017 regular season, was escorted to the locker room in the first half of Sunday's contest after suffering a head injury. Williams may be able to return to the game if he clears the league's concussion protocol, but L.J. Fort and Tyler Matakevich could see increased roles at inside linebacker.
Williams, who recorded four tackles (three solo), including a sack in Sunday's win over the Browns, finishes up the 2017 season with 89 tackles (69 solo), including eight sacks in 16 games.
This year was Williams' best by far, after totaling just 2.5 sacks in his previous four seasons. The Pittsburgh defense, which allowed just 19.3 points per game, will be a huge factor in how far the team advances in the post season.
Williams totaled three tackles (all solo) and an interception in Pittsburgh's 27-24 loss to New England on Sunday.
The fifth-year linebacker intercepted a Tom Brady pass intended for Rob Gronkowski that set up a touchdown five plays later for a 24-16 lead. However, the Patriots scored 11 unanswered points in the fourth quarter for the come-from-behind win, ending Pittsburgh's eight-game winning streak and gaining the inside track for home field advantage in the AFC playoffs.
|3||9/24/18||@ TB||8:15 pm|
|6||10/14/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/4/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|11||11/18/18||@ JAC||8:20 pm|
|12||11/25/18||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ OAK||8:20 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ NO||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|