The Baltimore Ravens will be without their best interior defensive lineman when they take on the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday afternoon. Defensive tackle Brandon Williams has been ruled out against the Steelers as he continues to battle back from a foot injury he suffered in Week 2 against the Cleveland Browns.
“He’s [Williams] progressing well. He’s not going to be able to play this week,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said on Friday (via ESPN). “I think when you see him practicing, you’ll know that he’s either close to getting back or back. That’s where it’s at right now. It’s not going to be half the season or anything like that. It’s a matter of weeks when he got hurt. I’ll have my fingers crossed in the upcoming week or two.”
Williams has missed two straight weeks of practice, and will miss his second consecutive game against the Steelers on Sunday.
Without Williams clogging up the middle of the line, the Ravens got absolutely shredded by the Jacksonville Jaguars in their Week 3 game in London. Baltimore lost to Jacksonville 44-7, and the once-proud Ravens defense made Blake Bortles look like a star, and they gave up 166 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries to the Jaguars.
Great news for the Steelers
The latest update on the status of Williams has to come as welcomed news for the Steelers and All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell. Pittsburgh is coming off a massively disappointing Week 3loss to the Chicago Bears in which their high-powered offense could only muster up 17 points, 282 total yards of offense, and 70 yards on the ground.
Bell, who is in a contract year, has gotten off to a slow start (by his standards) in 2017. The two-time All-Pro has just 180 yards and a touchdown on 52 carries, and 6 catches for 37 yards in three games.
Without Williams in his way, Bell could be in for his first big game of the season on Sunday afternoon.
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