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Jonathan Williams Injury Updates

Colts RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle) isn't listed on the final Week 12 injury report and will play against the Texans on Thursday night. That puts a wrench in the plans of anyone who was hoping to use RB Jonathan Williams. It's completely unclear how early-down work will be divvied between Williams and Wilkins -- and Nyheim Hines figures to dominate passing-down snaps.

Colts RB Jordan Wilkins told reporters on Monday that his injured ankle "feels great" and that he expects to play against the Texans on Thursday night. Players tend to be over-optimistic about their injuries, so take this with a grain of salt. We'll see if Wilkins is able to practice on Tuesday. His availability would turn the Colts' backfield into a 3-man committee along with Jonathan Williams and Nyheim Hines.

Colts HC Frank Reich said that RB Marlon Mack had surgery on his fractured hand on Monday morning. There's not yet a timetable for his return, but we should get one soon. Fantasy owners should be bracing for Mack to miss multiple games. With RB Jordan Wilkins dealing with an ankle injury, Jonathan Williams and Nyheim Hines are the Colts' healthy RBs for Thursday night's game against the Texans.

Update: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Mack is expected to miss a "few weeks" beyond Thursday night's game.

Colts RB Marlon Mack suffered a fractured hand in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville. Jordan Wilkins sat out today with an ankle injury, so the Colts might need to roll out a Jonathan Williams-Nyheim Hines tandem Thursday against Houston. Williams was particularly impressive against the Jags on Sunday, rushing 13 times for 116 yards.

Colts RB Marlon Mack was knocked out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars with a hand injury and won't return. RB Jordan Wilkins (ankle) is inactive today, leaving Indy with RBs Nyheim Hines and Jonathan Williams.

The Saints have signed RB Jonathan Williams off Denver's practice squad, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 2nd-year back was surprisingly cut by Buffalo before the season and hadn't been heard from since. He obviously has no immediate fantasy value in New Orleans. But an injury to either Mark Ingram or Alvin Kamara could change that.

Bills RB Jonathan Williams practiced on Friday night, according to the Buffalo News' Jay Skurski. So much for the hamstring injury HC Sean McDermott said he suffered in Thursday's preseason opener. Williams was impressive in that one, carrying 4 times for 39 yards. If healthy, he's in line to serve as Buffalo's #2 RB.

Bills RB Jonathan Williams turned 4 carries into 39 yards in Thursday night's preseason opener against the Vikings. He had runs of 8, 15 and 17 yards -- plus a 9-yarder called back by a holding penalty. Unfortunately, Williams' night ended with a hamstring injury. We'll see how long that keeps him out, but he certainly looks like the #2 RB in Buffalo -- and the handcuff to LeSean McCoy.

The Buffalo News' Tyler Dunne believes Karlos Williams is not guaranteed the #2 RB job this season. He averaged a whopping 5.6 yards per carry and totaled 9 TDs on 104 touches as a rookie last year. But he also missed time with a concussion and a shoulder injury. Then he reported to spring workouts overweight. Buffalo added RB Jonathan Williams in the 5th round of this year's draft, returns RB Mike Gillislee and was reportedly impressed by RB James Wilder's work this spring. Karlos Williams remains the favorite for the #2 spot on the depth chart, but it'll be a situation worth monitoring this summer. The Bills' run-heavy offense creates plenty of fantasy potential behind starter LeSean McCoy.

The Bills added RB Jonathan Williams in the 5th round of the 2016 draft. Williams missed the entire 2015 season with a foot injury, which likely dropped him a round or 2. Healthy the previous year, he ripped off 1,190 yards and 12 TDs on 211 totes (5.6 YPC) for Arkansas. He’s a rocked-up 5’11, 220-pounder with nifty feet and surprising burst. Williams totaled just 26 catches over 3 college seasons, though, and might be pigeon-holed as a 2-down back. Buffalo isn’t a great landing spot, with LeSean McCoy as the lead dog and Karlos Williams coming off an uber-impressive rookie season.
 
 
 

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