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Roy Williams | Defensive Back

Team: Cincinnati Bengals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 8/14/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 222
College: Oklahoma
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (8) / DAL

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Former Bengals and Cowboys SS Roy Williams appears to have retired, taking a sideline reporter job for Oklahoma Sooners football games.
He played collegiately at Oklahoma. Williams, 32, says he turned down a contract offer from an NFL team that plays on the West Coast in order to return to OU. The No. 8 pick in the 2002 draft, Williams' pro career ends after five Pro Bowls and 11 forced fumbles in nine seasons. A devastating hitter at strong safety, Williams' struggles in coverage became more apparent later in his career as the NFL came to be more of a pass-happy league. Wed, Aug 24, 2011 06:48:00 PM

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Free agent SS Roy Williams is not expected to return to Cincinnati, according to Fox Sports' Adam Caplan.

Turning 31 this summer, Williams has played just 19-of-48 games the past three seasons. Reggie Nelson, who fared better than expected in his first year with the Bengals, is expected to take over at strong safety. Fifth-rounder Robert Sands could push Nelson by the end of the season.
Sun, May 29, 2011 04:43:00 PM

The Bengals have listed SS Roy Williams (concussion) and DE Antwan Odom (wrist surgery) as "out" for Thursday's game.

Williams is out indefinitely after suffering a concussion against the Bills in Week 11. Chinedum Ndukwe will fill in for him. Odom is still recovering from wrist surgery and a timetable for his return isn't clear.
Thu, Nov 25, 2010 08:48:00 AM

Bengals SS Roy Williams left Sunday's game with a concussion late in the first quarter.

Williams took a lick and stayed down after trying to tackle Fred Jackson. He's done for the afternoon, and Chinedum Ndukwe will come on to replace him.
Sun, Nov 21, 2010 01:34:00 PM

Bengals SS Roy Williams (knee) was a full participant in Saturday's practice, and is expected to start Week 9 against the Steelers.

Williams has been out since Week 4, and could play a pivotal role "in the box" as he will key on stopping RB Rashard Mendenhall. However, Williams has become weak in pass coverage, and his return to the lineup could result in big play potential for the Steeler passing game if QB Ben Roethlisberger throws repeatedly in the former Cowboy's direction.
Sat, Nov 6, 2010 08:01:00 PM

Bengals SS Roy Williams (knee) is expected to make his return in Week 9.

Williams hasn't suited up since Week 4 while recovering from an MLC sprain. The Bengals will enjoy his help against the run, but he's long been a liability in coverage.
Wed, Nov 3, 2010 11:39:00 AM

Bengals declared S Roy Williams out for Sunday's game against the Bucs.

Chinedum Ndukwe gets the start at strong safety. Other Bengals inactives: WR Jordan Shipley, DE Jonathan Fanene, HB Cedric Peerman, C Reggie Stephens, OT Anthony Collins and third QB Dan LeFevour. Andre Caldwell will serve as the No. 3 receiver.
Sun, Oct 10, 2010 12:01:00 PM

Bengals SS Roy Williams (knee) is expected to miss a couple weeks of action.

Williams injured his knee in the loss to the Browns and needed an MRI Sunday night. It's not clear how severe the ailment is at this point, but it sounds like it's bad enough to keep him out this weekend and possibly longer. The Bengals have a bye in Week 6.
Mon, Oct 4, 2010 10:32:00 AM

Bengals SS Roy Williams is wearing a pad on the right forearm that has caused him to miss 25 games over the last two seasons.

Williams broke the forearm in 2008 and then re-fractured it in Week 4 of 2009. He won't be fooled again. The brace may keep the forearm intact, but Williams' struggles in coverage may keep him off the field on passing downs.
Wed, May 26, 2010 09:30:00 AM

Bengals re-signed SS Roy Williams to a one-year contract.

It's likely a bargain contract, as Williams wasn't drawing interest on the open market. Though Williams remains likely to play on running downs, Chinedum Ndukwe is a superior option in coverage. Expect the Bengals to look for a long-term solution at strong safety in the upcoming draft.
Sat, Mar 13, 2010 03:31:00 PM

The player rep for SS Roy Williams indicated that the free agent is close to re-signing with the Bengals.

Williams played in just four games last season due to ongoing forearm injuries. A major liability in coverage, he won't be guaranteed to start over Chinedum Ndukwe.
Sat, Mar 13, 2010 02:04:00 PM

The player rep for free agent Roy Williams indicated that he's been discussing a contract with the Bengals.

Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer had previously stated that Williams wouldn't be a priority this offseason, so he may have to accept a backup job and a bargain deal.
Thu, Feb 18, 2010 09:58:00 PM

Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer indicated that re-signing free agent S Roy Williams isn't one of the Bengals' priorities.

"This league is becoming so much of pass it and spread it, you’ve got to almost have four corners," Zimmer said. "You can have a physical (safety), but you’ve also got to have a coverage safety." Williams, of course, can't cover.
Wed, Jan 27, 2010 03:34:00 PM

Bengals placed SS Roy Williams on injured reserve with a re-fractured forearm, ending his season.

Chinedum Ndukwe will close out the year as Cincinnati's starting strong safety, and Hard Knocks hero Tom Nelson will be active on game days. Williams' forearm injuries have become chronic, costing the once-feared safety nearly all of 2008 and 2009. Williams was on a one-year contract with the Bengals. The club will likely look for a long-term upgrade this offseason.
Fri, Nov 13, 2009 12:52:00 PM

Bengals SS Roy Williams has resumed practicing after missing three of the team's last four games with a bruised forearm.

Williams has a history of forearm injuries. He's been an effective IDP when healthy, and appears on schedule to start in Week 9 against Baltimore.
Mon, Nov 2, 2009 01:16:00 PM