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Cardinals’ Ryan Williams could miss the Cowboys game 78

Photo: Scott Rovak, US Presswire

Photo: Scott Rovak, US Presswire

Arizona Cardinals running back Ryan Williams could miss more time including the Week 2 preseason meeting against the Dallas Cowboys according to Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians.

“I don’t know if he’ll play this week,” said Arians

Williams, a 2nd round pick out of Virginia Tech  in 2011, has played in just five games in two years due to various injuries.   In the 2011 preseason, he tore his patella tendon in his right knee which knocked him out for a year.  In 2012 he returned but injured his shoulder in the Week 5 loss to the St Louis Rams and was placed on season-ending injured reserve.

It is the patella tendon injury which flared up during the third day of training camp which has kept him out of action since.  The time table for return was unknown.

His future in Arizona is increasingly in doubt after Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians stated it’s hurting Williams by not being on the field.

“It’s hurting him extremely not to be on the field competing for the job, because those other guys are doing so well” said Arians

Williams also admitted earlier this year that he was running ‘scared’ during his short 2012 campaign.  This means that he not only has to overcome any physical injury, but also a mental one.  A running back who is scared of contact is a useless running back.

It’s a big blow for Williams who has great talent but can’t seem to catch a break from the injury bug.

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