Ryan Williams RB ARI 6 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 ARI 7 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 ARI 8 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.

Ryan Williams RB ARI 8 Months

Coach Bruce Arians confirmed the Cardinals will keep all five tailbacks on the 53-man roster.

"That's a strength of our team," Arians insisted. Ryan Williams, rookies Stepfan Taylor and Andre Ellington, and core special teamer Alfonso Smith will be kept behind Rashard Mendenhall. It's a hairy situation for handcuffers.

Ryan Williams RB ARI 8 Months

Cardinals RB Ryan Williams rushed nine times for 25 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason finale.

Coach Bruce Arians hinted afterward that Williams had done enough to secure his roster spot, but that could still change once Arians and GM Steve Keim sit down to crunch the numbers on Friday and Saturday. Either way, Williams will open the season off the fantasy radar.

Ryan Williams RB ARI 8 Months

AzCardinals.com is currently projecting RB Ryan Williams to keep his roster spot.

Reporter Darren Urban admits a lot will be riding on Williams' performance in Thursday's preseason finale. Williams made his exhibition debut on Saturday, rushing twice for 10 yards. If reports that the Cardinals have placed Williams on the trade block are true, there's probably a less than 50 percent chance he keeps his spot.

Ryan Williams RB ARI 8 Months

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports the Cardinals have placed Ryan Williams on the trade block.

It's an indication Williams is not in the Cards' 2013 plans, and will be waived at final cuts if no taker is found. Williams is likely available for a seventh-round pick. Still only 23 years old, Williams has been beset by various injuries going back to his redshirt freshman year at Virginia Tech. He was a big-time talent before the array of ailments, and was drafted 38th overall in 2011. Williams made his 2013 preseason debut on Saturday night, rushing twice for ten yards. We wouldn't be surprised if someone bites.

Ryan Williams RB ARI 8 Months

Ryan Williams had two carries for 10 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Chargers.

It was his first game action of the preseason. Williams has been sidelined the last three weeks with a knee injury and needs to prove he can stay healthy to avoid being released. He added one catch for six yards on his only target of the night.