Dolphins head coach Brian Flores said Wednesday that Williams (foot) will be placed on injured reserve, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. "[Williams' injury is] more significant than we thought," Flores said.
Flores was unwilling to speculate if the foot injury Williams sustained in Sunday's 34-31 win over the Cardinals would sideline him for the rest of the season, but the receiver's move to IR means that he'll miss at least three games. With Williams shut down through the end of the month, Flores specifically mentioned Jakeem Grant, Mack Hollins and Lynn Bowden as the main candidates to see more work alongside No. 1 receiver DeVante Parker. The 23-year-old Williams has had some tough luck on the health front to begin his young career, as he previously missed half of his rookie season with a torn ACL.
Williams (foot) is considered day-to-day, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Williams injured his foot in the second quarter of Sunday's eventual win at Arizona and was carted off the field. X-rays came back negative, leading the Dolphins to believe he's dealing with a sprain, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. It's unclear if Williams will be available Week 10 against the Chargers, but the decision likely will come down to how many practice reps the 2019 undrafted free agent can handle in the coming days.
X-rays on Williams' injured foot came back negative, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Dolphins believe Williams escaped with a sprain, though it could be a relatively severe one given that he was carted off the field during the second quarter of Sunday's win over the Cardinals. He was on track for a huge game before the injury, catching four of five targets for 60 yards and a touchdown on 17 snaps. Mack Hollins replaced Williams and scored a TD of his own, but Hollins finished the afternoon with just the one target, also playing 17 snaps (28 percent). Hollins and Jakeem Grant will be the top candidates to take on vacated snaps if Williams isn't available for Week 10 against the Chargers.
Williams (foot) has been ruled out to return to Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
Williams' foot injury comes at an especially inopportune time, as he had four grabs for 60 yards and a score during the first half and appeared to have been manufacturing solid chemistry with rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Per Joe Schad of The Palm Beach Post, initial medical evaluations have diagnosed Williams with a sprain. The second-year pro was limited to eight appearances as a rookie due to an ACL tear.
Williams was carted off the field during the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Cardinals due to a foot injury and is questionable to return, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
Williams had four catches for 60 yards on five targets before being forced out Sunday, including a nine-yard helicopter score. If the second-year pro is unable to return against Arizona, it will fall to a combination of Jakeem Grant, Malcolm Perry and Mack Hollins to pick up the slack behind top wideout DeVante Parker.
Williams hauled in two of five targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 28-17 win over the Rams.
Williams has now been held to two receptions in back-to-back games, and he's failed to exceed 20 yards in four of seven contests. Granted, rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa only passed for 93 yards in his first NFL start, as Sunday featured a strange game script in which Miami got to nurse a lead courtesy of both defensive and special-teams touchdowns. The second-year pro will get a chance to demonstrate more on-field chemistry with Tagovailoa in Arizona in Week 9.
Williams caught two of three targets for 18 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-0 win over the Jets.
The Dolphins' passing game mostly went into the tank after taking a 21-0 lead into halftime, but Williams was able to cash in early to salvage his production. The second-year receiver has found the end zone in three of the last four games, and if the groin injury DeVante Parker suffered Sunday doesn't heal up over the team's Week 7 bye, Williams could find himself as Ryan Fitzpatrick's top option for a game or two.
Williams hauled in four of five targets for 106 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 43-17 win over the 49ers.
Williams got off to a quiet start to the 2020 season while coming off an ACL tear, but he looked to be at full form during Sunday's upset win. The second-year pro set the tone on Miami's first play of the game with a 47-yard catch from Ryan Fitzpatrick. His 106 receiving yards were a career high, and Williams also surpassed his total combined yardage through the first four games of the season.
Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey said Tuesday that the Dolphins are trying to get Williams more involved in the passing game, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports. "We're hoping to continue to work with him to get him some catches. We know he can be a weapon, we know he should be a weapon ... we need him to," Gailey said.
Williams has been an afterthought in the Dolphins offense through four weeks, ranking fifth on the team in target share behind even running back Myles Gaskin. He has not caught more than two passes in any game this season and his catch rate checks in at just 35 percent. The Dolphins will try to up his involvement in the offense, though part of that will depend on Williams creating separation and presenting a viable target for the quarterback.
Williams secured one of three targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Seahawks.
Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick delivered both DeVante Parker and Isaiah Ford double-digit targets, leaving Williams and tight end Mike Gesicki mostly uninvolved in the passing game. Williams hasn't enjoyed much fantasy relevance outside of a Week 3 contest in which he scored (but only managed seven yards). The second-year pro is off to a slow start to the 2020 season, so he'll be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes unless he can string together a few consistent performances.
Williams brought in both his targets for seven yards and a touchdown in the Dolphins' 31-13 win over the Jaguars on Thursday.
Williams was able to salvage what would have been a complete wash-out of a night for fantasy managers with his three-yard touchdown grab in the first quarter. The Colorado State product has struggled to make an impact in new coordinator Chan Gailey's offense thus far, posting just five catches on 14 targets through three games. The solid amount of looks is encouraging, and Williams may be able to start converting them into better production the more he familiarizes himself with the scheme. He'll look to push his numbers up across the board in a Week 4 home matchup against the Seahawks on Sunday, Oct. 4.
Williams hauled in one of five targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 33-28 loss to the Bills.
Among the four targets that Williams failed to secure was a would-be short touchdown despite Ryan Fitzpatrick putting the ball squarely in his hands. Through two contests the second-year pro has just three catches on 12 targets, a dismal ratio even when factoring in that he's faced two of the league's top defenses (Buffalo and New England). Williams will get a solid opportunity to bounce back against Jacksonville's lackluster secondary in Week 3, but the Dolphins could consider decreasing his role on offense if he continues to struggle.
Williams hauled in two of seven targets for 41 yards during Sunday's 21-11 loss to the Patriots.
Williams wasn't able to make much happen against New England's elite secondary, even with DeVante Parker (hamstring) having been forced off the field during the first half. Still, it's somewhat encouraging that Williams was able to command seven targets in his first return to action since suffering a torn ACL. He'll act as Miami's de facto No. 1 receiver if Parker is forced to miss any more time, though Week 2 will bring another difficult matchup against Buffalo.
Williams (knee) was a full participant in Friday's practice and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's season opener against the Patriots, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Williams began the week with back-to-back limited practices and was spotted with a wrap on his surgically repaired left knee, but he's fully expected to suit up Sunday in New England. DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Mike Gesicki (glute) also logged full practices, so Williams will join a Dolphins' receiving corps ready to begin the season at full health.
Williams (knee) participated in Friday's practice, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Williams' injured left knee was wrapped during Friday's session, but regardless he was able to take the field for the third time in three days. His status for Week 1 will be revealed after Friday's practice comes to a close.
The Dolphins listed Williams (knee) as a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Josh Tolentino of The Athletic reports.
Williams has reportedly remained setback-free since being cleared for full football activities earlier this summer after suffering a season-ending ACL tear midway through his rookie campaign. Though Williams' reps were capped for the second straight day, the Dolphins are believed to just be exercising extra caution with the wideout, who is expected to start opposite DeVante Parker (hamstring) in Sunday's season opener at New England.
Williams (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, Hal Habib of The Palm Beach Post reports.
Williams put forth a strong training camp and has thus far avoided any setbacks in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn ACL, though the Dolphins have been managing his workload. The second-year wideout still looks on track to suit up against the Patriots this weekend, when he'll occupy a starting role across from DeVante Parker (hamstring). If he gets the green light to play Sunday, Williams may be subjected to a more limited snap count than usual.
Williams hasn't had any issues with his surgically repaired knee during training camp, Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post reports.
It's still possible the Dolphins limit his workload early in the season, considering Williams will be only 10 months removed from ACL surgery when the team takes the field for Week 1. He appears on track for the starting job across from DeVante Parker, with both Schad and Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com highlighting Williams as one of Miami's top performers at training camp.
Williams (knee) participated in Wednesday's practice after having taken a maintenance day Tuesday, Safid Deen of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
Williams was cleared for football activities earlier this month, but coach Brian Flores disclosed Wednesday that the 23-year-old is on a maintenance plan. "You may not [always] see him on the field," Flores said, "but he's working whether in the weight room or the bubble or the training room." It still ultimately remains to be seen whether Williams will be a full go for Week 1, but he appears to be progressing from his ACL tear exactly according to the Dolphins' schedule. Williams will start on the outside opposite DeVante Parker when healthy.
Williams (knee) has been cleared for football activities, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com reports.
This doesn't necessarily mean Williams will be a full go when the Dolphins put on pads in mid-August, but it does suggest he has a shot to be ready for the start of the regular season. Despite going undrafted last year, Williams earned a Week 1 starting job and was on pace for a 64-856-6 receiving line (120 targets) before an ACL tear ended his season Week 9. His best game was the one in which he suffered the injury, and he'd also shown some ability on special teams with an 11.5-yard average on 10 punt returns. A healthy Williams could be the second or third option in Miami's passing attack.
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|2||Sun 09/20||vs BUF||L 28-31||1||26||26.0||26||0|
|3||Thu 09/24||@ JAC||W 31-13||2||7||3.5||4||1|
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