NT Dan Williams' leg injury deemed not serious

Updated: August 2, 2013, 5:53 PM ET
Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A knee injury that forced starting Arizona nose tackle Dan Williams off the practice field has been deemed not serious and he says he expects to be sidelined only for a few days.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Williams has a sprained ligament in his right knee. Williams also sprained his right ankle on the play in Thursday's practice, an injury the coach says would probably wind up being worse than the knee.

"Ankles are funny," Arians said. "The knee should be three or four days. The ankle, we'll see. It's not a high ankle sprain, thank goodness, but we'll just wait and see."

Williams joined a list of players to sit out the team's practice on Friday, including running back Ryan Williams (knee) and starting right guard Daryn Colledge (leg nerve irritation).

Meanwhile, newly acquired right tackle Eric Winston has moved into the first unit, replacing Bobby Massie.

Arians said Massie, who started last season as a rookie, has had a "so-so" camp.

"Good effort, good physically," Arians said. "His biggest problem has been mental errors."

The team moved back into the air conditioned comfort of University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday after practicing in the sweltering heat outdoors at the team's practice facility in Tempe on Thursday. The stadium was the site of a soccer match between Real Madrid and the L.A. Galaxy on Thursday night.

Arians said the practice in the heat was a good test for his team.

"The guys from Florida and Louisiana, they breezed right through it, and some of the other guys from the north died, like you'd expect," he said, "but overall it was an excellent day."

Arians praised the performance of Dan Williams thus far.

"He came in light, he's been having a great camp, running to the ball, putting pressure up the middle," Arians said. "He has been playing at a Pro Bowl level in this camp and I would expect this not to set him back very much."

Dan Williams said he felt a lot of pain when he went down and was concerned he had torn an ACL.

"That's the first thing that came to my mind," he said. "I'm just happy the MRI came clean and I'm glad I won't miss that much time."

Winston, a starter his entire seven-year NFL career with Houston and Kansas City, wasted little time moving past Massie into what looks to be a starting role. He was signed to a one-year contract last week.

"I come to camp to work and I come to camp to show my teammates I'm ready to play," he said. "If the coaches feel like I'm ready to be in there, then I'm going to be in there and seize the moment. In this league, there's only so many spots and you've got to fight for one. I never came into this camp thinking it was going to be handed to me. I knew I had to come in and work.

"I feel like I picked up the offense well enough to be in there. Now I've got to prove that I'm ready to stay."

Game notes
Ryan Williams, who has played in just five games his first two seasons, says that he's just being cautious after being sidelined with pain in his right knee. Williams gave no indication when he might be able to practice. ... Colledge, the starter at right guard, was asked how long he thought he would be out. "Somewhere between two days and two years," he said. ... DT Darnell Dockett was excused from practices Friday and Saturday for personal reasons. ... The team's annual Red-White practice Saturday will be "basically a normal practice," Arians said, with perhaps a goal-line live drill for some of the younger players. ... The team has Sunday off then has three practices next week heading into its preseason opener Aug. 9 at Green Bay.


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