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Cardinals RB Ryan Williams Expected To See Large Workload While Beanie Wells Is Out

Cardinals second-year RB Ryan Williams mentioned that expects to see his workload increase by an additional 5-10 carries, while Beanie Wells recovers from what has been reported to be a serious turf toe.

“If anything, I’ll probably see five to 10 more carries a game, 15 to 20 more plays a game,” Williams said, per Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic. “Nothing outrageous or anything like that. I’m just ready to play, ready to do what I’m supposed to do.”

Both FB Anthony Sherman and RB LaRod Stephens-Howling are nursing injuries of their own, Williams is lock to see at least 20 carries in Week 4. Last week he had 83 yards on 13 carries, so that’s obviously an encouraging for his future performance.

As for Wells, he is not expected to undergo surgery to repair his turf toe, but it’s debilitating enough to leave him out for a projected eight weeks.

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Darren Urban of AZCardinals.com reports that the team will place RB Beanie Wells on the injured reserve list with the designation that will allow him to return later in the season.

Urban adds that Wells has a “severe turf toe” injury.

This obviously opens the door for second-year RB Ryan Williams to shoulder the team’s workload this season. LaRod Stephens-Howling will also be worked into the mix in certain situations. The Cardinals signed RB Alfonso Smith earlier in the day, which was a really sign that Wells’ injury was much worse than initially believed. Wells will be eligible to return on November 25th.