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Chiefs RB Damien Williams out vs. Patriots due to rib injury

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid says that running back Damien Williams will not play in his team’s Week 14 matchup with the New England Patriots due to a rib injury, per Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk.

This will mark the second straight game Williams has missed.

It has been a rough season as a whole for Williams, who was expected to go into 2019 as the Chiefs’ featured running back. However, Kansas City signed LeSean McCoy shortly before the season, and the emergence of fellow halfback Darrel Williams (who is now on injured reserve) resulted in Williams seeing less playing time than anticipated.

On the year overall, Williams has rushed for 309 yards and three touchdowns while averaging a meager 3.7 yards per carry. He has also logged 23 catches for 156 yards and a score.

The 27-year-old was just starting to get right in Week 9, gashing the Minnesota Vikings for 125 yards and then following that up with a 77-yard performance against the Tennessee Titans in Week 10 before suffering the rib injury in Week 11.

Prior to Week 9, Williams had totaled just 100 yards on the ground.

Williams emerged as a threat for the Chiefs last year once Kareem Hunt was suspended. He only made three starts during the regular season, tallying 256 yards and four touchdowns as a rusher, but he was vital to Kansas City’s offense in the playoffs, recording 159 yards and a couple of scores on the ground in two games while also catching a pair of touchdown passes.

Kansas City is 8-4 on the season.