Knee Subluxation Forced Steelers To Place Rookie DE Nick Williams On Injured Reserve

Pittsburgh Steelers rookie defensive end Nick Williams was placed on injured reserve this past week with an injured knee, and now we know the extent of his injury.

According to David Todd of ESPN 970 Radio, Williams, the Steelers seventh-round draft pick back in April, suffered a subluxation of his left knee cap in practice prior to the Saturday night game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Williams told Todd that he didn’t have any ligament damage, and that they’re waiting for the swelling to go down before determining the next course of action with him.

Williams, who defensive line coach John Mitchell said was a project player following his selection back in April, was likely headed to the practice squad had he remained healthy, but now will of course be lost for the season. Despite not being able to practice with the team for the remainder of the season, the Samford product will be allowed to continue his learning in the position meetings as he works to have himself ready for the OTA practices next year.

Due to a previous knee injury suffered during training camp, Williams only saw 22 snaps of playing time at right defensive end in the Steelers second preseason game against the Washington Redskins.

It’s unfortunate that Williams will lose his whole rookie season, but there’s still hope that Mitchell can eventually turn him into a 3-4 defensive end. He should have a better grasp of the position next spring, and hopefully he can at least serve as a backup in 2014.

  • Shea Fahr

    A bit smelly but I am glad he is ours for next year to see how he progresses. Mr. Arnfelt may have a say in this before it is all over though.

  • Alexander Sebastian Heath

    Arnfelt is making the roster, definitely.

  • dgh57

    Only 22 snaps played but there still were some good plays in that few snaps. Looks like he could really move for a guy his size. I’m with John Mitchell and see some upside to this guy! Unfortunate thing about the injury though!

  • Steeler Wheeler

    So, he gets to go to team meetings and watch and learn. Any other restrictions besides no practice? I’m assuming he gets to work with trainers and in the gym to rehab his injury and prepare himself for next year? Do IR guys travel with team?

  • Kyle Owens

    U smelled him?

  • Shea Fahr

    HA! You didn’t?? Maybe he is really that injured but I am suspicious if this was just a sneaky way of keeping him without using a roster spot or risk losing him from the PS.

  • steeltown

    With so many question marks as to who will be on roster next year (Keisel, Hood and Woods all being FA’s) its nice to know we’ll have some young athletic prospects in camp next year, hopefully we can hold onto Arnfelt as well