Williams made his presence felt in practice for the first time since Nov. 30, so there appears to be a chance he'll stop his DNP streak at five games this weekend. If he does, he'll contend with Trent Sherfield for offensive snaps behind Larry Fitzgerald, but Williams' 3.8 yards per target as a pro doesn't offer much promise.
Williams hasn't dressed for a game since Week 8, and his lack of practice participation Wednesday and Thursday doesn't offer much hope that his streak of absences will come to an end Sunday in Atlanta. Trent Sherfield will continue to benefit from added snaps and targets alongside top wideout Larry Fitzgerald while Williams is sidelined.
After missing four games due to an ankle injury, Williams appeared set to take advantage of a receiving corps without rookie Christian Kirk, who suffered a broken foot Week 13. Williams was listed as a full participant in every practice last week, but the Cardinals added him to the practice report Saturday with a hamstring issue, following a questionable designation with inactive status again Sunday versus the Lions. With no reps to start this week, his prospects don't look great for a Week 15 visit to Atlanta. Look for undrafted rookie Trent Sherfield to continue acting as the No. 2 wide receiver, even if Williams is able to return before season's end.
Williams (hamstring) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Lions, Darren Urban reports.
Urban confirmed that Williams injured his hamstring in practice this week, which seems difficult to believe after he was listed as a full participant in each session. No matter how he picked up the injury, Williams will miss his fifth game in a row, the first four absences the result of an ankle issue. With Christian Kirk (foot) on IR, Williams is also missing out an opportunity to increase his relevance in the Cardinals offense. In Williams' stead, Trent Sherfield and J.J. Nelson are the best bets to receive targets outside of Larry Fitzgerald.
Williams' status appeared to be trending in the right direction as the 24-year-old was a full participant in practice all week, but the second-year wide receiver evidently suffered a setback, this time to his hamstring. It's certainly an untimely injury given rookie wideout Christian Kirk was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week after breaking his foot in the win Sunday over the Packers. Given Williams missed the previous four games with an ankle injury, there's a real possibility Trent Sherfield could see a run at the No. 2 role behind Larry Fitzgerald. Sherfield, an undrafted rookie free agent, has recorded three catches for 33 yards this season and has played in at least 20 offensive snaps in four consecutive games.
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