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Williams may play defensive end at times following the loss of Darnell Dockett (knee) for the season, the Cardinals' official site reports. "I played it a little bit last year toward the end of the season, trying to spell Calais and Dockett for a few reps," Williams said. "I'm definitely going to do anything the coaches ask me."

Williams has been injured at times during his four-year career yet still averaged 31.3 tackles in 13.5 games per season. If he's rushing the quarterback away from his customary spot at nose tackle, there's a high likelihood that he adds to his meager sack total of one to date. However, even with additional responsibilities, his IDP prospects won't approach that of line mates Calais Campbell and Dockett's replacement Frostee Rucker.

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Dan Williams (personal) will play and start Sunday's Week 5 game against the Panthers.

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Cardinals NT Dan Williams (personal) will not play in Sunday's Week 4 game against the Bucs.

Williams' father was tragically killed in a car accident while driving to see his son play against the Saints last week. The funeral is this weekend.

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Cardinals NT Dan Williams' father was killed in a car accident while driving to New Orleans to see his son play.

Williams is understandably not active Sunday in the wake of this horrific tragedy. His family lived in Memphis and often traveled to see him play for the Cardinals. Williams' mom and sister were also in the car. Their status is unknown.

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Cardinals NT Dan Williams is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints due to a personal matter.

Williams did not travel with the team and his status for Week 3 is now up in the air. If Williams can't go, the Cardinals will start Frostee Rucker at nose tackle. Second-year DT Alameda Ta'amu could also be active for the first time since being claimed on waivers.

Dan Williams DL ARI Aug 25 '13

Cardinals NT Dan Williams suffered a right ankle injury in Saturday's preseason game.

It not clear how long Williams will be sidelined, but he's managed to avoid a high-ankle sprain. David Carter and Frostee Rucker should see playing time with the first-team defense in his absence.

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Cardinals NT Dan Williams suffered a sprained knee and ankle, but an MRI revealed no damage that requires surgery.

Williams will miss practice time, but is expected to return in plenty of time to prepare for Week 1. David Carter has been Williams' backup through camp, and Bruce Arians said DE/OLB Matt Shaughnessy also will practice at tackle.

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians praised DT Dan Williams for his conditioning during the team's minicamp last week.

Williams has dealt with weight issues since entering the league in 2010, but is reportedly at an impressive 314 pounds. With the Cardinals moving to a 4-3 defense, he could be asked to stay on the field more in passing situations. "Lost a ton of weight, looks fantastic," Arians said. "If he wants to rush the passer, he's got to stay down at that weight."

Dan Williams DL ARI Jul 25 '12

Cardinals NT Dan Williams checked into training camp at 314 pounds.

It's notable because Williams has struggled with weight and conditioning ever since the Cards took him 26th overall in 2010. With his broken arm healed and weight down, he has a stranglehold on the starting nose tackle gig. The Cardinals ranked 21st against the run last season.

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Cardinals NT Dan Williams (arm) is expected to be at 100 percent for training camp.

Williams was outplayed by David Carter for much of last season before breaking his arm in Week 11. The Cardinals appear confident that the 2010 first-round pick will show up in shape and ready to work. They're set at the end spots in the 3-4 with Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett.