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The Broncos placed Williams (ankle) on injured reserve Thursday, Aric DiLalla of the team's official site reports.
Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reported Monday that Williams was set to undergo a procedure for an ankle injury he sustained in early August. The estimated recovery time is eight weeks, so it's likely that Williams will miss more than the four games required for being placed on injured reserve. The nine-year veteran out of Pittsburgh registered 44 tackles (30 solo), one sack, seven pass deflections and an interception in 14 games for the Broncos last season.
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Williams (ankle) is scheduled to undergo a procedure that will sideline him an estimated eight weeks, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Williams' surgery timing forces a difficult decision on the Broncos. The 31-year-old nickelback can either be carried onto the initial 53-man roster, then placed on short-term IR with the chance to return down the stretch of the 2023 season, or he can be placed on season-ending IR now and free up a roster spot ahead of the cut-down deadline. In either case, losing Williams for at least the first portion of the regular season will be a notable blow to new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph's scheme.
Williams is expected to undergo treatment and rehab for an ankle injury sustained last week, and his goal is to be healthy in time for Denver's regular-season opener versus the Raiders on Sept. 10,Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Williams has been sidelined since last week due to this injury, and he recently received a second medical opinion that pushed back his timeline for a return, per Klis. The 31-year-old nickelback played a fairly significant role when healthy for Denver last season, accumulating 44 tackles, seven passes defended and one interception over 14 games. While the exact nature of this ankle issue is still unclear, it's likely that Williams and the team could air on the side of caution, as he's also seen as a candidate for an even bigger role in new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph's blitz-heavy scheme.
Andrew Mason of Denver Sports believes that Williams could in for a big year under new defensive coordinator Vance Joseph.
Williams posted 44 tackles, seven pass deflections, one interception and one sack in 14 games last season while starting in eight contests. Opposing quarterbacks posted a 69.3 rating while targeting Williams last year, which was a career best. He has 10 quarterback hits over the past four seasons, which Mason believes could translate into more opportunities in Joseph's blitz-friendly scheme. Williams provides meaningful depth to a Broncos secondary headlined by corners Patrick Surtain and Damarri Mathis and safeties Kareem Jackson and Justin Simmons.
Williams suffered a concussion in Sunday's game against the Chargers and will not return, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
Williams will have to finish his season on the sidelines. In his absence, Essang Bassey will likely take on a bigger role in the Broncos' secondary.
Williams has left Sunday's game against the Chargers to be evaluated for a concussion.
Williams will certainly miss the remainder of the contest if he suffered a concussion. In his absence, Essang Bassey will likely take on a larger role for the rest of the game.