LOS ANGELES – The Atlanta Falcons have placed a running back Damian Williams On reserve with a rib injury, it was announced Saturday.
That means Williams will miss at least the next four games, after being ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
Williams suffered the injury on the second drive of the team’s season opener last Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Although he returned in the fourth quarter, playing 10 total snaps in the game, Williams said that he will still be very sick the next day and will see how things went in terms of his availability against the Rams.
Williams, 30, was injured when a defensive lineman fell on him during a tackle.
“Oh man, all 300 pounds on that little baby rib, man. That was it, man,” Williams said. “The 300-pound man on that little baby rib, he got me, but he got me.”
Williams is expected to split time Cordarrelle Patterson As the team’s leading rusher this season, he had 2 yards on his first two carries. Patterson, in Williams’ absence, had career highs in carries (22) and rushing yards (120) against the Saints.
After playing with the Chicago Bears last season, Williams signed with Atlanta. In his eight-year career — he opted out of 2020 because of the Covid-19 threat — he played in 98 games on 336 carries for 1,397 yards and 14 touchdowns.
With Williams sidelined for at least a month, the Falcons could turn to a rookie fifth-round pick. Tyler Alger from BYU. Allgeier has gotten some work with the first team in the preseason but was inactive last Sunday against the Saints. Atlanta could be looking at a changed cornerback. Avery WilliamsA full-time running back this offseason who has been a fan of the team or to Caleb HuntleyGiven the standard height rating from the team’s practice squad on Saturday.
The Falcons have also upgraded the defensive line Abdullah Anderson from the practice squad, ending a busy week for him. Anderson was released before Week 1 and then signed with the team’s practice squad earlier this week before being promoted on Saturday.