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Kyren Williams added to injured reserve, will miss next four games

The Rams running back is dealing with an ankle injury. We go over what this means for Week 7.

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Update, Oct. 21 — Williams has been added to injured reserve. There were already reports that the running back would be sidelined through the team’s Week 10 bye, and now the Rams make it official. At minimum, Williams will be sidelined through Los Angeles’ Week 11 game against the Seattle Seahawks. The Rams will likely use this week’s matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers to see what they have in Zach Evans, Royce Freeman and Myles Gaskin moving forward.

Update, Wednesday — Williams ankle sprain could keep him out all the way up to the Rams Week 10 bye, per Jeremy Fowler. It appears he is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, which usually take around four weeks to heal enough to return. With the bye, the team could end up not puttin him on I.R. if they think he’ll be healthy either in Week 9 or when they return in Week 11. Zach Evans remains the next man up, but they also have elevated Royce Freeman and signed Myles Gaskin and Darrell Henderson.

Update, Monday — Williams appears to have avoided a long-term injury, as he has an ankle sprain that could keep him out this week, per Ian Rapoport. With Ronnie Rivers out for even longer, the Rams could be thin at running back when they host the Steelers. Zach Evans appears to be the next man up.

Los Angeles Rams running back Kyren Williams suffered an ankle injury during the team’s 26-9 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. The breakout second-year running back ripped off a career-high 158 rushing yards and a touchdown before tweaking his ankle in the fourth quarter and missed the final offensive series of the game.

NFL Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Williams will get an MRI to see the severity of the injury ahead of their Week 7 matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday.

Fantasy football implications for Week 7

Fantasy managers should keep a very close eye on Williams’ status throughout the week as there could be major implications if he’s unable to go against the Steelers this weekend. The second-year tailback out of Notre Dame is currently the third ranked fantasy running back in standard leagues, racking up 456 rushing yards and six touchdowns through six games this season.

The Rams and fantasy managers may be in a jam if Williams is unable to go as Rapoport also reported that backup Ronnie Rivers could miss a few weeks with a PCL strain. That would make rookie Zach Evans a hot commodity on the waiver wire this week as he is rostered in just 0.2% of fantasy leagues.