Wil­liams calls tackle that in­jured an­kle a dirty play

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Green Bay — On his fi­nal carry last Thurs­day night, Green Bay Pack­ers run­ning back Ja­maal Wil­liams had nowhere to run.

He was stuffed at the line of scrim­mage for no gain. It looked like a ba­sic play, noth­ing out of the or­di­nary. Ex­cept as the pile held him up, Pitts­burgh Steel­ers line­backer Vince Wil­liams twisted his right an­kle out­ward – coun­ter­clock­wise – dur­ing the tackle.

Ja­maal Wil­liams re­turned to the hud­dle, stayed on the field for the next snap, and even got a good block on a blitz­ing line­backer. But the Pack­ers an­nounced that he sus­tained an an­kle in­jury.

Asked in the locker room Sun­day, Ja­maal Wil­liams said he thought the tackle was “most def­i­nitely” a dirty play and said it was “very un­nec­es­sary” to twist his an­kle.

“He could’ve stopped and let go of my leg a long time be­fore,” Wil­liams said.

The Pack­ers haven’t had much in­jury luck in their back­field this camp. Aaron Jones, who is sus­pended for the first two reg­u­lar-sea­son games but can par­tic­i­pate in the pre­sea­son, has missed the past two ex­hi­bi­tions be­cause of a ham­string in­jury. Devante Mays, who was look­ing to bounce back from a dis­ap­point­ing rookie sea­son, hasn’t prac­ticed since Aug. 3 be­cause of a ham­string in­jury. Wil­liams said he expects to prac­tice this week. “It’s noth­ing se­ri­ous,” he said. Re­gard­less, the Pack­ers spent their week­end ex­am­in­ing their run­ning back depth chart. They placed tail­back Akeem Judd on the re­serve/re­tired list Satur­day and signed tail­back LeShun Daniels, a firstyear player out of Iowa. On Sun­day, they signed run­ning back Bron­son Hill.

Hill orig­i­nally signed with the Buf­falo Bills as an un­drafted rookie out of Eastern Michigan in 2015. He has spent time with sev­eral NFL teams, in­clud­ing prac­tice-squad stints with the Chicago Bears, Min­nesota Vik­ings, Mi­ami Dol­phins, New Or­leans Saints, Ari­zona Car­di­nals and Jack­sonville Jaguars. He played three games with the Jaguars in 2016 and two games for the Car­di­nals last sea­son.

Daniels, a col­lege team­mate of Pack­ers rookie corner­back Josh Jack­son, orig­i­nally signed with the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots as a free agent af­ter the 2017 draft. He spent time last sea­son on the Los An­ge­les Charg­ers’ prac­tice squad be­fore sign­ing with Wash­ing­ton, which pro­moted him to the ac­tive ros­ter for four games. Daniels even­tu­ally was placed on in­jured re­serve in late De­cem­ber with a hand in­jury.

JEFF HANISCH / USA TO­DAY SPORTS

Pack­ers run­ning back Ja­maal Wil­liams had his an­kle twisted dur­ing the Steel­ers game, but says the in­jury is not se­ri­ous.

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