Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams has been ruled out of his team’s Week 3 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday due to a knee injury, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
This season has certainly not gone according to plan for Williams. Not so far, anyway.
Through two games, Williams has carried the ball 22 times for just 34 yards and a touchdown, good for a meager 1.5 yards per carry average. He has also caught nine passes for 87 yards.
Williams was expected by most to be the Chiefs’ No. 1 running back heading into this year after Kareem Hunt was cut by the team late last season, but a last-minute addition of LeSean McCoy has changed things.
While Williams and McCoy have been splitting carries, McCoy has been far more productive, totaling 104 yards on 21 attempts, which has led many to believe that McCoy will eventually become the No. 1 back in Kansas City.
Williams has very limited experience.
The 27-year-old entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Oklahoma, making his pro debut with the Miami Dolphins in 2014. That season, he toted the ball 36 times for 122 yards.
He spent his first four seasons with the Dolphins, accumulating 477 rushing yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Williams then joined the Chiefs last year and finally got the biggest opportunity of his career once Hunt was released in November, as he ended up rushing for 256 yards and four scores.
He was also impressive in the playoffs, recording 159 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while catching 10 passes for 91 yards and a pair of scores in two games.
Kansas City has gotten off to a 2-0 start.