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Lions RB Jamaal Williams ruled OUT for Week 10 vs. Steelers

We break down the news that Jamaal Williams will not play in Week 10

Jamaal Williams #30 of the Detroit Lions at SoFi Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Inglewood, California.
Jamaal Williams of the Detroit Lions at SoFi Stadium on October 24, 2021 in Inglewood, California.
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Friday update: Jamaal Williams will mis his second straight game on Sunday with a thigh injury. D’Andre Swift will have a tough matchup against the Steelers, but should see an increase in touches and is a must start.

Thursday update: Jamaal Williams was once again absent from practice on Thursday, per Ben Raven. When asked about Williams chances of playing this week, running backs coach Duce Staley “delivered a non-verbal answer, shrugging to reporters in attendance.”

The Detroit Lions are still searching for their first win of the 2021 NFL season and hope to capture it coming out of a bye week. Running back Jamaal Williams missed the team’s last contest with a thigh injury, and he wasn’t able to practice Wednesday ahead of a Week 10 showdown with the Steelers.

Fantasy football implications

This is a concerning development for managers, especially since the Lions just came out of the bye week. Williams is a vital part of this offense as the complementary back, sharing duties with D’Andre Swift in the backfield. If Williams ultimately cannot go, Swift will headline this backfield with no real competition for touches. Fantasy managers will be watching closely for Williams to progress to at least a limited practice at some point in the week. The running back is likely to have an injury designation regardless of his workload during the week.