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

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

The move to IR, meaning Williams will miss at least the next four games, comes a day after he was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Williams suffered the injury last Sunday in the team’s second opener game against the New Orleans Saints. While he returned to the game in the fourth quarter and played a total of 10 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.

Williams, 30, said the injury occurred when a defender fell on him during a tackle.

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

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

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

With Williams out for at least a month, the Falcons will likely turn to BYU fifth-round rookie Tyler Allgeier. Allgeier got some work with the first team in preseason but was inactive against the Saints last Sunday. Atlanta could also turn to converted cornerback Avery Williams, who switched to running back full-time this offseason and is the team’s punt returner, or Caleb Huntley, a running back who will receive a standard raise from the team’s practice squad on Saturday Has.

The Falcons also pulled defenseman Abdullah Anderson off the practice team, capping a busy week for him. Anderson was released prior to Week 1 and then signed with the team’s practice team earlier this week before being raised on Saturday. Atlanta Falcons’ Damien Williams placed on injured reserve with rib injury

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