Jamaal Williams Says Play that Resulted in His Injury Was "Most Definitely" Dirty

Jamaal Williams is not happy with the play that resulted in a minor ankle injury against Pittsburgh.

Running back Jamaal Williams suffered a minor ankle injury on Thursday against the Steelers. The play that caused the injury has garnered some attention over the course of the last 24 hours, as Williams himself aired his feeling about the tackle made by Steelers linebacker Vince Williams on the play.

A video of the play shows the defender appearing to twist Williams' ankle outward:

 

 

Williams stayed on the field after the play, but the Packers announced the injury after the game. When asked about the play in the locker room on Sunday, Williams said the twisting of his ankle was "very unnecessary," and that it "most definitely" qualified as a dirty hit.

For what it's worth, the Steelers' Williams was also accused of making fun of a concussed Joe Mixon on Twitter last year after a game against Cincinnati.

The injury was not expected to keep Williams out of much practice or the game this week. The roster moves the team made over the last couple days provide some extra insurance at the position for the last couple weeks of preseason practice and games, considering the injuries still being nursed by Devante Mays and Aaron Jones.

Relatively little has been made of the play until Jamaal Williams' comments yesterday; it didn't draw attention on the broadcast and it remains to be seen if the league will take any action. 

Nevertheless, at a time when the league is under significant criticism for the execution of its new "leading with the helmet" rules, these are the kinds of plays the league should absolutely be cracking down on if it is to truly walk the walk with regard to a commitment to player safety. 

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Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

August 20, 2018 at 08:11 pm

Does the NFL care more about safety or public opinion? I have mine as to which it is...

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

August 20, 2018 at 08:56 pm

I remember Burfict obviously twisting someone's ankle while in the pile in a regular season game a couple of years ago now. I was outraged when the NFL merely fined him $7888 (IIRC). Just another example of the NFL having shockingly inconsistent policies and penalties. The NFL claims it is trying to make the game safer and then it ignores intentional acts done while the play is dead. Indeed.

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4thand1's picture

August 20, 2018 at 09:27 pm

That guy is a prick. If he does that kind of cheap shit in a pre season game, what will he do when it matters?

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MITM's picture

August 20, 2018 at 10:26 pm

Saw the video, clear as day he was twisting his ankle. Not surprising considering who he plays under. Everyone seems to forget that time when his coach tried to trip a guy during a game

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Bure9620's picture

August 20, 2018 at 10:58 pm

This happens under a pile at the end of plays all the time, this idiot just did it where all could see.

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Minniman's picture

August 21, 2018 at 05:11 am

Vince Williams' actions were like school in the summer ....... no class!

Bure9620 is right though, this isn't uncommon.

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Nick Perry's picture

August 21, 2018 at 05:36 am

I think he remembered how Williams damn near beat the Steelers single handed on SNF last year. No Rodgers and Hundley at QB plus a slew of injuries everywhere else and the Packers and Williams had their ass. Williams is like the coach he plays for and most of his teammates...They have no class!

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PAPackerbacker's picture

August 21, 2018 at 09:22 am

I couldn't agree more with your comments. I have never been a Steeler fan because of this kind of crap that they almost always seem to get away with.

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DD's picture

August 21, 2018 at 07:31 am

William's should be ready by September 9th. Dirty play to injure a player, yes. So they take a fine now, we're out s back!! A fine will not deter this. The uspensions should be enforced on the dirty player until the injured player returns. Remember Barr on Rodgers? Affect us much? How about Barr. Or the cheap hits on Adams? Dont forget fans.

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DD's picture

August 21, 2018 at 07:32 am

DD: sorry for typos.

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Since '61's picture

August 21, 2018 at 09:05 am

Williams should be suspended. Why is it necessary to try to hurt a player during the preseason? Or during the regular season for that matter? Yes it happens frequently, that doesn't make it OK.

The league needs to suspend players who deliberately try to injure another player, especially when it is as obvious as this.

The league is watered down enough with injuries already. Creating further unnecessary injuries needs to be prevented. Thanks, Since '61

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PAPackerbacker's picture

August 21, 2018 at 02:24 pm

Well stated. Injuries happen way to often in the NFL without intentionally trying to hurt someone. That kind of behavior deserves an immediate suspension. This kind of mentality brings to mind a particular player that likes to use these tactics and he has been in the league for a number of years. And the sad part is the money he commands for being a dirty player. I bet most know who I am referring to.

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Qoojo's picture

August 21, 2018 at 01:17 pm

Steelers have been a cheap and dirty team for many years. Always hitting late, and taking cheap helmet first shots. I thought Shazier's injury was partially due to steelers teaching the cheap shot, and it came back to bite them.

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