We all have heard how much former 2nd round pick Ryan Williams wants to get back on the football field. The running back has loads of potential and would ideally create the perfect 1-2 punch with Beanie Wells in the Cardinals backfield.
But according to a report from Craig Morgan of Fox Sports Arizona, Williams may have to wait before he gets to show everyone what he is capable of.
Ryan Williams has been going through a very big rehab process ever since he tore his patella tendon in a preseason game against the Packers last season. He is constantly on Twitter, updating all of his fans about his status. It would have seemed as if he would have been ready by the time training camp or the preseason rolled around, but that doesn't appear to be the case.
Morgan cites that members of the Cardinals medical staff have, "told him that Week 3 or 4 might be more realistic."
Obviously, this is not what the Cardinals coaches, players and fans were hoping for. That will, once again, presumably leave Beanie Wells as the sole productive running back on the roster for the first few games of the season. As we have stated, due to the way the Cardinals schedule looks, they will need to get off to a fast start in order to compete in the NFC West. Not having Williams there hampers their ability to do that.
It isn't out of the question that Williams could rehab a bit faster than expected, but I don't see the team wanting to push him back into action before he is 100% ready. That would be foolish. Even when he does come back, Williams will need to adjust to being back on the field and reading full speed opposing NFL defenses for the first time. That is not something that will just click.
For now, we are stuck in a holding pattern. Williams is working with weights and expects to be ready by the first or second game of the season. Only time will tell when he will be back. The Cardinals sure hope it is soon.