If there is one thing the Pittsburgh Steelers have learned over the last few years, it is that they need to have a capable back-up for Le’Veon Bell. Between his suspensions and injury issues, they have to be prepared to play without him. DeAngelo Williams has done a decent job as Bell’s back-up the last two seasons. But it remains to be seen if he’ll be back
However, the future of one running back is clear as far as the Steelers are concerned. The team announced on Friday that it had released Karlos Williams.
Source: the Steelers have waived RB Karlos Williams.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 9, 2017
Williams, a former Florida State standout, had a great rookie season with the Buffalo Bills. While in relief of LeSean McCoy, he ran for 517 yards and seven touchdowns on 93 carries. He also tacked on two more touchdowns via the passing game.
Hopes were high for him in his second year, but his weight ballooned during the offseason, and he reported to mini-camp tipping the scales at 261 pounds. Buffalo was still willing to work with him, but when he was suspended for the first four games due to a drug violation, they cut him loose on August 21.
Pittsburgh picked him up and added him to their practice squad where he wasted no time proving he didn’t learn a thing from his first suspension. He committed another violation and was suspended for another ten games.
Why the Steelers didn’t cut him loose sooner is a mystery. Several players have been busted for a second time under the drug policy—but in the same season? Apparently, he doesn’t take the opportunity to make an excellent living playing a game seriously. That much was clear when he packed on the pounds because his pregnant girlfriend was eating.
Good luck and good riddance!