Cardinals TE Maxx Williams Out For Season

Maxx Williams in 2021
Maxx Williams in 2021. Photo by Romeo Guzman/CSM/Shutterstock (12469076at)

The undefeated Arizona Cardinals will have to continue their season without veteran tight end Maxx Williams. The team’s head coach Kliff Kingsbury told reporters on Wednesday that Williams was placed on the injured reserve list and won’t play in 2021 anymore.

Williams hurt his knee in the first half of the Week 5 win over the San Francisco 49ers and had to be carted off the field. The exact nature of the injury remains unknown, with Kingsbury unwilling to share further details.

“I don’t want to get into that at this point,” he said via ESPN.

Williams was in the midst of what could have been a breakthrough season for him. He had 16 catches for 193 yards and a touchdown, which put him on pace for career-highs in all categories. The 27-year-old’s best season was his rookie year with the Baltimore Ravens in 2015, when he had 32 receptions for 268 yards and a score.

With Williams out, the Cardinals are expected to slot in Darrell Daniels as their starting tight end moving forward. Daniels is yet to catch a pass this season and has just returned from the COVID-19 list. Arizona also has veteran Demetrius Harris as an option at the position.