Williams (hamstring) carried 41 times for 141 yards (3.4 YPC) and caught 15 of 19 targets for 167 yards across 12 games before the Chiefs placed him on injured reserve in December.
Prior to being shut down with the hamstring issue, Williams had shown improvement in his second professional season, taking on a greater role on passing downs while also seeing action on special teams. Williams should be fully recovered from the hamstring issue by the time training camp arrives, putting him on track to enter the final season of his rookie deal in optimal health. He'll likely return to a similar depth role in the backfield in 2020, as both Damien Williams and Darwin Thompson remain under contract.
Williams (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve by the Chiefs on Thursday.
Williams had already been considered doubtful to play in Week 14, which was confirmed by his absence from the practice field Wednesday. Now that he's on IR, and with Damien Williams dealing with a rib injury, the Chiefs' top healthy backs are currently LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware.
Williams (hamstring) isn't practicing Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Williams is trending in the wrong direction for Sunday's tilt against the Patriots. He would likely need to resume practicing in some capacity Thursday or Friday to have a legitimate chance of playing Week 14, and his expected absence likely factored into the Chiefs' decision to sign Spencer Ware for extra backfield depth Tuesday. With Damien Williams (ribs) also not practicing to begin the week, the Chiefs could enter the matchup with New England with only LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Ware on hand at running back.
Williams (hamstring) isn't expected to play in Sunday's game against the Patriots, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports. "Darrel's injury, he had a hamstring and that didn't look very good," coach Andy Reid said Monday. "So, there's probably a pretty good chance he doesn't play."
Williams suffered a non-contact injury during the third quarter of Sunday's 40-9 win over Oakland, finishing with six carries for 13 yards and one catch for a three-yard touchdown. LeSean McCoy also scored shortly after Williams left the game, and Darwin Thompson then took over in garbage time with an 11-44-1 rushing line that all came on one drive in the fourth quarter. With Damien Williams (ribs) also hurting, the Chiefs signed Spencer Ware on Tuesday to add some depth behind McCoy and Thompson. It isn't clear if Damien will be available this week.
Williams suffered a hamstring injury Sunday against the Raiders.
This had the look of an injury that will probably end the running back's day. With Damien Williams (ribs) already out this week, the Chiefs' Week 13 backfield is now down to LeSean McCoy and Darwin Thompson. Darrel Williams finishes the game with 13 rushing yards on six carries and a three-yard touchdown on his lone catch.
Williams and LeSean McCoy are expected to handle larger roles out of the Kansas City backfield Sunday against the Raiders with Damien Williams (rib) ruled out for the contest, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Damien played only 12 snaps in the Chiefs' previous game Nov. 18 against the Chargers before departing with the rib injury. A Week 12 bye wasn't enough for Damien to overcome the injury, so the Chiefs will likely turn to a tandem of Darrel and McCoy to shoulder the snaps and touches out of the backfield, just as they did following Damien's early departure in Week 11. In that contest, Darrel played 43 percent of the offensive snaps and logged 13 touches (11 carries, two catches) for 43 yards and a score, while McCoy took 40 percent of the snaps and gained 57 yards on 11 touches (seven carries, four receptions). After being inactive for the win over the Chargers, rookie Darwin Thompson should dress as the No. 3 team's option Sunday, but he's unlikely to have as sizable of a role in coach Andy Reid's game plan.
Williams rushed 11 times for 35 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 24-17 win over the Chargers. He also caught two of three targets for eight yards.
Williams was forced into a larger role after Damien Williams was ruled out with a rib injury suffered during the first half, while LeSean McCoy left in the second half with a head injury. Patrick Mahomes actually led the team with 59 rushing yards, though nobody carried the ball more than Williams, who also punched in a six-yard touchdown. With the Chiefs now entering their bye week, McCoy and Damien Williams will have extra time to get healthy, but Darrel could be the beneficiary if they remain banged up heading into Week 13's game versus the Raiders.
Wiliams rushed twice for six yards and reeled in his only target Sunday against the Titans.
Williams served as the team's No. 2 back Sunday with LeSean McCoy serving as a healthy scratch for maintenance purposes. Consequently, the second-year back saw a six-snap increase from the 11 he logged in Week 9. If McCoy is cleared to return next week, Williams should settle back into the third-string role.
Williams ran just once for one yard Sunday against the Vikings.
Williams was also targeted once in the contest, but he failed to haul it in and finished the day with a grand total of one yard. While he did see a two-snap uptick in playing time to reach double digits again, the second-year back remains stuck behind both Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy on the depth chart.
Williams logged only nine offensive snaps in Week 8 versus the Packers, racking up just two carries for 10 yards.
Williams has seemingly fallen well beyond the other two backs at this point in the snaps race, seeing his lowest offensive snap percentage (15) since he played just seven percent of them in Week 2 versus Oakland. He doesn't exactly hold handcuff stash value in many leagues, either, as it would likely take absences from both Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy for Williams to see a dramatic rise in usage.
Williams logged two carries for one yard and hauled in both of his targets for another five yards Thursday against the Broncos.
Williams has maintained a minor offensive role even after the return of Damien Williams, but it's not enough for him to warrant fantasy ownership as much more than a handcuff at this point. Still, the fact that he's basically matching Damien in snap counts indicates he could sport some fantasy value should one of the other two miss time.
Williams logged just seven snaps on offense Sunday against the Texans, turning his only touch (a catch on two targets) for 52 yards.
Williams' involvement was more than cut in half from the 15 snaps he saw last week against the Colts, likely the result of LeSean McCoy becoming more involved again. At this point, Williams is essentially just a handcuff option that isn't guaranteed significant reps even if either Damien Williams or LeSean McCoy misses time.
Williams logged just 15 snaps on offense and didn't receive a carry Sunday against the Colts.
Williams' drop in playing time corresponded with the return of Damien Williams on Sunday. It's worth noting that Darrel Williams saw as many snaps as LeSean McCoy during Sunday's contest, though coach Andy Reid indicated that McCoy will see more snaps when he figures out his pass-protection problems. At this point, Williams looks to be the third wheel in the backfield behind the other two.
Williams ran for 13 yards and two touchdowns on eight carries and added 43 yards on three catches during Sunday's 34-30 win over Detroit. He lost a fumble during the contest.
Williams capped the comeback in the closing seconds of the game with a bruising one-yard touchdown, the second of the game and his career. Thrust into duty due to the knee injury to Damien Williams (knee), Williams has shown some ability as a receiver and had a nice 41-yard run last week. His value likely depends on the health of Damien Williams, but Williams looks like a quality play if it's only him and Shady McCoy in the backfield.
Williams is slated for more work out of the Chiefs' backfield with Damien Williams (knee) ruled out for Sunday's contest at Detroit.
With Damien Williams sidelined last Sunday against the Ravens and LeSean McCoy leaving that contest due to an ankle injury, Darrel Williams filled in ably, taking 14 touches for 109 yards from scrimmage while earning 54 percent of the offensive snaps. McCoy likely will start again this weekend, but it'll come after being listed as LP/FP/FP on Chiefs injury reports. No matter how many reps he receives, Darrel Williams seems capable of producing with Patrick Mahomes at the helm.
Williams ran for 62 yards on nine carries and added 47 yards on five catches during Sunday's 33-28 win over the Ravens.
A huge chunk of Williams' yardage came midway through the fourth quarter when he cut upfield on an outside run and gained 41 yards, getting tripped up just before he was able to head into the end zone. Williams was only able to get 14 touches due to Damien Williams' (knee) absence and Shady McCoy's (ankle) early exit. That he was able to gain 109 yards in relief is a testament to Williams' skill, the danger of any Chiefs back, or both. His viability next week in Detroit is obviously dependent on the overall health of the Chiefs' backfield.
Williams was working out first in the Chiefs' running-back drills during pregame warmups, signaling that he may garner the start Sunday against the Ravens, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
With normal No. 1 back Damien Williams (knee) sidelined, the Chiefs will be forced to break in a new starter for the matchup between division leaders. Veteran LeSean McCoy is listed second on the depth chart and was expected to draw the starting nod, but the Chiefs could choose to limit his workload while he nurses a sore ankle that left him visibly gimpy when he reported to the stadium Sunday. If McCoy is in fact limited, Williams and Darwin Thompson - who was second in line during warmups -- could be on tap to handle the bulk of the snaps out of the backfield.
Williams didn't take any offensive snaps but served on six special-teams plays in Sunday's opener against the Jaguars.
Williams sits behind two veterans and a promising rookie on the depth chart, entrenching him as primarily a special-teams contributor and running back depth. Barring an injury or two at the position, it's unlikely he will capture a significant offensive role in 2019.
Williams rushed six times for 25 yards and wasn't targeted in the passing game during the Chiefs' 17-7 preseason loss to the Steelers on Saturday.
Williams paced the Chiefs backfield in carries on the night and did a serviceable job with his opportunities. Fellow backs Carlos Hyde (5-23) and Darwin Thompson (4-30) were solid as well, so the competition for two potential backup running back slots behind presumed starter Damien Williams remains relatively heated. Williams will look to continue making his case in Saturday's third preseason tilt versus the 49ers.
Williams remains a candidate for the top backup duties behind Damien Williams (hamstring), Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports.
Darrel rushed just 13 times all of last season, but he's seen plenty of reps in fall camp while Damien has been on the sidelines. The former Williams could gain some marginal fantasy value should he secure the backup spot and has proven he can offer some utility in the passing game as well, notching 23 receptions as a senior at LSU in 2017.
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