Falcons lose CB Williams for season to knee injury
Williams is the second starter on defense to have a season-ending knee injury. Rookie defensive tackle
Smith said Williams will be placed on injured reserve. Smith said it would be difficult for the team to find help at cornerback through a trade before Tuesday’s deadline.
“We’d have to be real quick,” Smith said. “We’ve got some guys we feel are ready to step up into that role and it will be an opportunity for
Williams landed awkwardly on his right knee while defending a pass to
On the following play, the
Cornerback was a major concern before the team added Williams and Hill before the season.
Williams earned a starting job after signing with the
“It’s going to be a big loss for us but it’s going to be an opportunity for another player on our squad,” Smith said.
Williams played three seasons in Jacksonville, including two with Smith as defensive coordinator.
Williams’ background with Smith helped him to quickly earn a starting job in Atlanta. The eighth-year veteran started each of the five games and had 15 tackles with an interception, a blocked punt, and a fumble recovery he returned 53 yards.
He started all 16 games for Jacksonville last season.
Houston and Grimes may be the most likely cornerback tandem against the
“I don’t know how it’s going to work out, but I know we have a lot of talent in the secondary,” safety
Hill was acquired from St. Louis on Sept. 1 and has been inactive each week.
Hill, the 15th overall draft pick in 2006, missed most of the past two seasons with injuries. As a rookie, he started 10 of 16 games for the
Smith compared Hill with
“Tye had not gone through our OTAs and training camp,” Smith said. “He was a late addition, similar to our situation last year with
Smith said he would have no updates before Wednesday on backup running back