Cardinals' Williams suffers ruptured patellar tendon, out for season

Posted Aug. 20, 2011 @ 9:20 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Posted Aug. 19, 2011 @ 11:04 p.m. ET
Updated Aug. 20, 2011 @ 9:20 p.m. ET

Cardinals RB Ryan Williams suffered a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee in Friday night's loss at Green Bay and will miss the entire 2011 season.

The team confirmed Saturday afternoon that Williams will have surgery and start rehab this week, forcing him to miss his rookie season. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt said the Cardinals will add another running back.

"I think that there's a couple of guys out there," Whisenhunt said Saturday, "but you've got to do some research as to their role and how are they going to accept that role, because that's important to your team."

Williams, a second-round pick from Virginia Tech, suffered a right knee injury on his first carry of the game early in the second half when he landed awkwardly after being tackled from behind.

Williams played two seasons for the Hokies after redshirting in 2008. He rushed for 477 yards in 2010, missing four games because of a torn right hamstring.

The way we see it

This is a tough blow to the Cardinals, who had high hopes for Williams after back-to-back disappointing seasons from RB Beanie Wells. Without Tim Hightower, whom the Cardinals traded largely because of Williams' presence, Wells is the clear-cut starter, ahead of LaRod Stephens-Howling.