The Arizona Cardinals starting running back Ryan Williams will be out for the year following shoulder surgery. He suffered the injury in week five against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter. Williams missed all last season with an injury and has only played in five games so far in his NFL career.
The Cardinals are very thin at the running back position, but I still will not back down from saying the team needs to stay away from Steven Jackson. Jackson may be a quick fix, but there is no way the Cardinals will be able to get him this year. The Rams would be making a terrible decision to trade someone with Jackson’s talent in a division that is separated by one game from first to last.
The Cardinals will go with their third string running back William Powell. Hopefully, LaRod Stephens-Howling will be available this week after missing the game against the Rams. Also, the Cardinals signed Alfonso Smith earlier in the year, after Beanie Wells was placed on IR, and he will be available if Powell struggles to hold onto the ball. Powell has just three carries on the year, so the Cardinals will have very little expectations for the young athlete.
The Cardinals are struggling to run the ball as it is, so a third string running back will not make much of a difference. Overall, Williams’ injury will not be a problem for the Cardinals. They are 31st in the NFL in rushing, but the amount of runs they have this weeks against the Buffalo Bills should not change. Arizona has overcome doubt all season long, so the “Birdgang” should not miss a beat.