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Dan Williams | Defensive Lineman

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 6/1/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 314
College: Tennessee
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Cardinals NT Dan Williams (personal) will play and start Sunday's Week 5 game against the Panthers.
Williams' father was tragically killed in a car accident while driving from Memphis to New Orleans to watch his son play in Week 3. Williams understandably sat out that game and Week 4. "I'm doing a lot better," he said. "Anytime you lose a parent, it's definitely a tough loss." Thu, Oct 3, 2013 11:56:00 AM

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Cardinals NT Dan Williams (personal) will not play in Sunday's Week 4 game against the Bucs.

Williams' father was tragically killed in a car accident while driving to see his son play against the Saints last week. The funeral is this weekend.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 11:40:00 AM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams' father was killed in a car accident while driving to New Orleans to see his son play.

Williams is understandably not active Sunday in the wake of this horrific tragedy. His family lived in Memphis and often traveled to see him play for the Cardinals. Williams' mom and sister were also in the car. Their status is unknown.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 12:07:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints due to a personal matter.

Williams did not travel with the team and his status for Week 3 is now up in the air. If Williams can't go, the Cardinals will start Frostee Rucker at nose tackle. Second-year DT Alameda Ta’amu could also be active for the first time since being claimed on waivers.
Sat, Sep 21, 2013 08:32:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams suffered a right ankle injury in Saturday's preseason game.

It not clear how long Williams will be sidelined, but he's managed to avoid a high-ankle sprain. David Carter and Frostee Rucker should see playing time with the first-team defense in his absence.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 02:38:00 AM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams suffered a sprained knee and ankle, but an MRI revealed no damage that requires surgery.

Williams will miss practices, but is expected to return in plenty of time to prepare for Week 1. David Carter has been Williams’ backup through camp, and Bruce Arians said DE/OLB Matt Shaughnessy also will practice at tackle.
Sat, Aug 3, 2013 10:19:00 AM

Coach Bruce Arians praised NT Dan Williams for his conditioning at Cardinals minicamp last week.

Williams has dealt with weight issues since entering the league in 2010, but is reportedly at an impressive 314 pounds. With the Cardinals moving to a new system under DC Todd Bowles, he could be asked to stay on the field more in passing situations. "Lost a ton of weight, looks fantastic," Arians said. "If he wants to rush the passer, he’s got to stay down at that weight."
Sat, Jun 22, 2013 10:49:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams checked into training camp at 314 pounds.

It's notable because Williams has struggled with weight and conditioning ever since the Cards took him 26th overall in 2010. With his broken arm healed and weight down, he has a stranglehold on the starting nose tackle gig. The Cardinals ranked 21st against the run last season.
Wed, Jul 25, 2012 12:57:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams (arm) is expected to be at 100 percent for training camp.

Williams was outplayed by seventh-round rookie David Carter last season before breaking his arm in Week 11. The Cardinals appear confident that the 2010 first-round pick will show up to camp in shape. Set on the ends with Calais Campbell and Darnell Dockett, the Cardinals need Williams to take a third-year leap in order to reach their potential on the defensive line.
Sat, Jul 21, 2012 04:51:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams "(appears) to be in much better shape" than he was last offseason.

Per a team source, Williams is in a "much better state, both physically and mentally." Williams has long struggled with his conditioning, but vowed to get and stay fit after last season, and has apparently stayed true to his word. He's spent the past six weeks "working regularly" with Arizona's strength-and-conditioning coach. Williams will open 2012 with a starting job.
Mon, May 28, 2012 09:33:00 AM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams has remained at his playing weight of 327 this offseason.

A "daily visitor" at the Cardinals' facility as he rehabs from a broken arm, Williams has apparently finally committed to staying in shape. "I just want my coaches and teammates to trust I’ll be at the right weight," he said. Williams will be 100 percent for training camp, and should open 2012 as a starter.
Mon, Feb 20, 2012 10:56:00 AM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams promises to spend the bulk of the offseason at the team facility to stay in shape after battling weight problems during his first two NFL seasons.

"There was a lot of immaturity on my part," Williams admitted. "It was my first time out of college, I had a lot of money, and I didn't have to be up here for anything so I really learned my lesson. But I'll be spending all of my time here in the Valley and working with Coach (John) Lott." Williams' second season ended on injured reserve with two fractured bones in his left arm.
Thu, Jan 5, 2012 10:50:00 AM

Cardinals placed NT Dan Williams on injured reserve with two fractured bones in his left arm, ending his season.

Arizona has been high on sixth-round rookie David Carter, but he's built more like a defensive end at 6'5/297 whereas Williams was a prototypical stout run plugger. Upgrade opposing running backs against the Cardinals down the stretch. Williams should return as the starter in 2012.
Tue, Nov 22, 2011 03:48:00 PM

The Arizona Republic reports that Cardinals NT Dan Williams is done for the year with a fractured left arm.

Apparently, it's not something he'll be able to play through with a club or brace. Williams, the 26th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, was finally showing signs of realizing his potential this year. Pro Football Focus has graded Williams positively against the run after a disappointing rookie season, and Arizona doesn't have another 330-pound defensive lineman to fill the void. This is an injury that could impact fantasy matchups down the stretch.
Sun, Nov 20, 2011 08:25:00 PM

Cardinals NT Dan Williams left Sunday's game against the 49ers in the fourth quarter with a fractured arm.

Williams took a helmet from a diving Stewart Bradley right in the elbow. It was clearly a significant injury from the outset, as he was immediately in a ton of pain. Williams was put in an air cast and carted off the field.
Sun, Nov 20, 2011 07:01:00 PM

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