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Monday, October 19, 2009
Falcons will have to adjust without CB Williams

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Pat Yasinskas

The Falcons reportedly have lost starting cornerback Brian Williams for the season after he suffered an injury in Sunday night’s game.

That might hurt in the short term because Williams was playing well. He was picked up late in the preseason because the Falcons weren’t sure about Brent Grimes, Chevis Jackson and Tye Hill (another late pickup).

With Williams in the starting role, Grimes has been playing at nickel back. He may stay in that role because he doesn’t have the height to match up with receivers on every down. The Falcons turned to Jackson to take Williams’ spot after the injury and he would seem the most likely candidate to start.

Hill apparently hasn’t shown much in practices and the Falcons have kept him inactive. He’ll probably be activated going forward, but he’ll need a strong week of practice to have any chance to step immediately into the No. 2 or 3 cornerback roles.