Arizona running back Ryan Williams’ season is over
The Arizona Cardinals got off to an incredible 4-0 start that hit a wall when they were defeated by the St. Louis Rams on Thursday.
They lost more than the game when their starting running back Ryan Williams went down with a season ending shoulder injury.
Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said after practice on Monday that Williams’ injury requires season –ending surgery according to the team’s website.
“It’s a tough thing for Ryan,” Whisenhunt said. “We didn’t think after the game it was going to be the case, but in getting tests done on it and talking to the doctor (Sunday), it’s something that’s going to require surgery.”
“I feel horrible for Ryan,” Whisenhunt said. “What I told Ryan when we sat down was that at least this time he won’t have to deal with it through an offseason. He’ll be able to go through an offseason program, he’ll be able to go through practices. That’ll get him in better shape to be ready to go for next year.”
Whisenhunt pointed out that despite losing his top two running backs on his depth chart, the team feels like they have quality in backups William Powell and Alphonso Smith.
“I feel good about the guys that we’ve got,” he said. “We’re always going to look to get better at every position and if that opportunity is there, then we’ll certainly try to act on that.”
The free agency market for running backs is extremely shallow. This is one of those situations where an unlikely star could be born.