Falcons RB Williams heads to IR with rib injury

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Atlanta Falcons’ Damien Williams placed on injured reserve with rib injury

The Atlanta Falcons have placed running back Damien Williams on injured reserve with a rib injury, it was announced Saturday.

The move, which means Williams will miss at least the next four games, comes one day after he was ruled out for Sunday against the Los Angeles Rams.

Williams suffered the injury on the second drive of the team’s season opener against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday. Though he returned in the fourth quarter, playing 10 total snaps in the game, Williams said he was still sore the next day and would see how things went in terms of his availability against the Rams.

The 30-year-old Williams said the injury occurred when a defensive lineman fell on him during a tackle.

“Oh man, all 300 pounds on that little baby rib, man. That’s all it was, man,” Williams said Monday. “All 300 pounds on that little baby rib, man. It got me, though. It got me.”

Williams, who was expected to split time with Cordarrelle Patterson as the team’s primary rushers this season, had totaled 2 yards on his first two carries. Patterson, in Williams’ absence, had career highs in carries (22) and rushing yards (120) against the Saints.

Williams signed with Atlanta after playing with the Chicago Bears last season. In his eight-year career — he opted out in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns — he has played in 98 games with 336 carries for 1,397 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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