Jeff Zrebiec reported that Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Brandon Williams returned to practice on Wednesday:
Ravens DT Brandon Williams is practicing today after missing the Jags game with a foot injury.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) September 27, 2017
Missing the game in London snapped a steak of 51 consecutive games played by the 340 pound behemoth. After signing 5-year, $52 million contract to remain in Baltimore, Williams was performing at a high level during the Ravens first two games this season before being forced to the sideline with a foot injury.
Practicing on Wednesday clearly bodes well for Williams’ availability for Sunday’s showdown against the arch rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Star running back Le’Veon Bell is off to a sluggish start this season with just one touchdown and less than 80 total yards per game, well below his normal averages. If Williams can suit up, he will provide a big boost to a Ravens defense that will be without defensive end Brent Urban for the remainder of the season and struggled against Jacksonville last week.
Tight ends Maxx Williams and Ben Watson, along with rookie cornerback Jaylen Hill did not participate in practice on Wednesday, per Zrebiec. Williams is nursing an ankle injury and Hill is still recovering from a strained hamstring. Watson finished the game in Week 3 and was made available to the media after practice, so his absence was likely a regularly schedule rest day for the 14-year veteran.
UPDATE: Zrebiec has issued the following clarification regarding Williams’ participation level at Wednesday’s practice:
Brandon Williams was out at practice, but the Ravens have him as not practicing. Was just off to the side riding bike.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) September 27, 2017