Williams missed two games in 2018 due to hamstring and toe injuries, finishing the season with 76 tackles (50 solo), 4.5 sacks, one interception and one touchdown. The 29-year-old should again be in store for regular snaps at inside linebacker during the upcoming campaign alongside recent free-agent acquisition Mark Barron.
Williams (toe) was inactive for Pittsburgh's 16-13 win over Cincinnati in Week 17.
Williams finished the 2018 season with 78 tackles -- two behind team leader Sean Davis -- including 4.5 sacks and an interception in 14 games. He experienced some regression from last year, when he totaled 89 tackles including eight sacks. However, he remains an integral piece of Pittsburgh's defense. With three years remaining on his current contract, Williams will return as a starting inside linebacker for the 2019 season.
Williams was listed as doubtful for Week 17 after sitting out practice all week, so his lack of availability is no surprise. Tyler Matakevich will slot into the starting lineup for Sunday's must-win contest against Cincinnati.
Williams was unable to practice in any capacity this week after sustaining the toe injury in last week's loss to the Saints. It seems unlikely that Williams will play Sunday -- thus the doubtful tag. If Williams does, in fact, miss Sunday's game, Tyler Matakevich would be slotted to start in Williams' place.
Williams (toe) did not practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
The severity of Williams' toe issue is a bit unknown. Evidently, it was enough to keep the big man from practicing Wednesday. These next few days should help us garner a clearer understanding of where he stands leading up to Sunday.
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