Ryan Williams RB DAL 5 Months

Cardinals GM Steve Keim insisted at the Combine that the team maintains "high hopes" for fourth-year RB Ryan Williams.

Williams was inactive for all 16 games last season. He was the 38th overall pick in the 2011 draft. "He's still got the ability and I think Bruce (Arians) just wants him to put it all together," Keim said of Williams. "Ryan is a tremendous talent. He's a guy who still, on the practice field, shows us the movement skills, the run ability, the change of direction is fantastic."

Ryan Williams RB DAL 7 Months

The Arizona Republic expects the Cardinals to release Ryan Williams this offseason.

Doing so would save $1 million versus the salary cap. The 38th overall pick in the 2011 draft, Williams was inactive for all 16 games in 2013, sitting behind Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor, and Alfonso Smith on Arizona's depth chart. Because he is still only 23 years old, Williams would likely be snapped up quickly as a free agent.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 7 Months

Ryan Williams was a healthy inactive in every single game during the 2013 season.

It's a remarkably embarrassing feat. Williams, who was coming off a 2011 patella tear and 2012 shoulder injury, never got his nose in front of Rashard Mendenhall, Andre Ellington or Stepfan Taylor. The Cardinals still kept him on the active roster all year long, a sign they think he might be able to contribute in 2014. The rest of the Cardinals inactives for Sunday's Week 17 game against the 49ers: QB Ryan Lindley, LB Dontay Moch, S Curtis Taylor, T Nate Potter , TE Kory Sperry and DE Ronald Talley.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 8 Months

Cardinals declared RB Ryan Williams, WR Brittan Golden, QB Ryan Lindley, LB Dontay Moch, G Earl Watford, TE Kory Sperry, and DL Ronald Talley inactive for Week 12 against the Colts.

The Cardinals are extremely healthy at this stage of the season. Golden is the only injured inactive. He has a hamstring injury. Williams hasn't registered a carry yet this season and remains the No. 5 back in Arizona.

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Ryan Williams has been a healthy scratch in all six games so far this year.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 10 Months

Cardinals declared RB Ryan Williams, QB Ryan Lindley, WR Kerry Taylor, S Rashad Johnson, LB Jasper Brinkley, T Bobby Massie, and TE D.C. Jefferson inactive for Week 5 against the Panthers.

With Daryl Washington back from suspension, Brinkley is the odd man out. Johnson is still nursing his scary finger injury. Williams is buried on the depth chart.

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Ryan Williams has been a healthy scratch in each of the first two games.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 11 Months

Cardinals RB Ryan Williams is inactive for Week 1 against the Rams.

Williams was absent from the Week 1 injury report, so he's a "healthy" scratch. It's possible his troublesome knee is still giving him issues, of course. It means rookie Stepfan Taylor is backing up Rashard Mendenhall, which was rumored to be the case even before Williams was scratched. Also inactive for the Cardinals are TE Rob Housler, CB Jamell Fleming, LB Alex Okafor, NT Alameda Ta'amu, OT Bobby Massie and OG Earl Watford.

Ryan Williams RB DAL 11 Months

Ryan Williams is listed as the No. 2 running back on the Cardinals' official depth chart.

AzCardinals.com itself admits the designation could be purely symbolic, but it's notable nonetheless considering Williams' shaky summer. At the very least, coach Bruce Arians admires Williams' attitude. We'd consider Williams Rashard Mendenhall's direct backup, with rookie Stepfan Taylor checking in at No. 3 on the depth chart.

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Coach Bruce Arians said Ryan Williams (knee) is "full speed."

Williams missed the first half of camp while nursing continued woes with his knee. He pushed himself back into practice over last couple of weeks, but picked up just 35 yards on 11 carries in the final two preseason games. That unique, difference-making explosion we saw at Virginia Tech is no longer there. We're not confident in the ability of Williams or Rashard Mendenhall to stay healthy and effective this season.