Falcons place RB Damien Williams on IR with injured rib

September 17, 2022 GMT
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota (1) hands off the ball to running back Damien Williams (6) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota (1) hands off the ball to running back Damien Williams (6) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota (1) hands off the ball to running back Damien Williams (6) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota (1) hands off the ball to running back Damien Williams (6) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota (1) hands off the ball to running back Damien Williams (6) during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Monday, Aug. 22, 2022, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons placed backup running back Damien Williams on injured reserve with a rib injury on Saturday.

Williams was expected to be the primary backup to starter Cordarrelle Patterson before he suffered the injury on Atlanta’s second possession of last week’s 27-26 season-opening loss to New Orleans. Williams had only two carries for 2 yards before suffering the injury. He will miss at least four games.

Rookie running back Tyler Algeier was inactive against New Orleans but could make his debut in Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Rams.

The Falcons elevated defensive lineman Abdullah Anderson and running back Caleb Huntley from the practice squad to the active roster.

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