The Arizona Cardinals have had some significant health problems in the RB corps this season, as ostensible starter Beanie Wells was placed on the IR/designated to return list with a toe problem, and LaRod Stephens-Howling has missed the past two contests owing to a hip-flexor injury. Things took a turn for the worse during the team's appearance on "Thursday Night Football," as second-year pro Ryan Williams injured his left shoulder in the fourth quarter. After the contest, Williams downplayed the severity of the injury.
"I didn't black out or anything," Williams declared, per AZCardinals.com. "No concussion or anything. My whole shoulder went down and went numb. So then I got up, figured it was something with my AC joint. I was like, 'At least it's not my leg,' so shot it up went back out there but coach wouldn't put me back in the game. But it's just something else I will have to overcome."
He will have to overcome it, but we also won't be seeing him on the field until the 2013 season. Cards HC Ken Whisenhunt revealed Monday that Williams needs shoulder surgery, which will end his 2012 season, according to Darren Urban of the team's website.
Stephens-Howling would appear to be the next man up -- if he himself is healthy enough -- in Week 6. If not, it'll be the William Powell-Alfonso Smith show against Buffalo.