Williams was active for six games during the 2017 season.
All of Williams' appearances coincided with John Brown's DNPs, but the 2017 third-round selection wasn't unable to make may inroads as a receiver. While he hauled in three of his seven targets for 31 yards, he surpassed all of that production with a 33-yard run, his second and last of the campaign, during Week 14 against the Titans. With John Brown, Jaron Brown and Brittan Golden all hitting unrestricted free agency, and Larry Fitzgerald potentially following Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians into retirement, Williams could make a quick ascension in the receiving corps in his sophomore season.
An illness afforded Williams just one limited practice session this week. That said, the impetus for his return to the inactive list is the return of John Brown from turf toe, which forced a four-game absence. Williams is a good bet to be a DNP the last two weeks of his rookie campaign.
As he dealt with an illness this week, Williams followed a DNP/limited/DNP practice regimen. Reverting to no activity Friday after some Thursday isn't a great sign entering the weekend. His cause may be hurt further by the potential return of John Brown (turf toe) from a four-game absence. If Brown is cleared to play Sunday, Williams could be the odd man out in the receiving corps.
Held out of Wednesday's session due to an illness, Williams waded into Week 16 prep with a smattering of drills Thursday. No matter if he gets over the illness or not in time for Sunday's game against the Giants, he could be inactive if John Brown (toe) returns to action for the first time since Week 11. In the ensuing four games, Williams was available but couldn't take advantage of his workload, seeing his share of the offensive snaps reducing by the game from 29 in Week 12 to 10 this past Sunday at Washington.
Williams probably isn't dealing with anything more than the flu, which is what Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports one of Williams' teammates is dealing with. Williams' availability for Sunday's game against the Giants likely won't be in any danger unless his absence extends into the latter portions of the week.