As teams are making their way down toward the final roster limit at 53, the limit at the moment is now at 75. The Arizona Cardinals have made it to that number, but could be looking to make another move aside from all the cuts.
Rumor has it that Arizona wants to get Ryan Williams out of town very soon and have made it known he is available via trade. Head coach Bruce Arians has said in the past that he may wind up carrying five running backs this year, but many wonder if that is really necessary.
With the news coming that the Cardinals could be shopping Williams, it doesn’t seem likely that five running backs will make the roster. In any event, Williams’ days in Arizona seem to be numbered.
The problem, at the moment, with this scenario is that Williams is scheduled to play the majority of the snaps in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Denver Broncos. While this may be the team’s attempt to showcase the skills that Williams could potentially offer another roster, they are making a foolish decision.
Williams has struggled over the past couple of seasons with knee injuries, having only played a total of five games in those two years. Why would the Cardinals want to risk yet another aggravation to his knees on Thursday, if they are indeed trying to trade the former second-round pick?
If Arizona was smart, they would take this strategy and scrap it immediately. What happens if Williams happens to get hurt? They are then stuck with an injured player and — if they wanted to release him — would have to come to some sort of injury agreement. For now, I think Arizona is wise to keep him out of Thursday’s finale, but I don’t see that happening.