ST. LOUIS, MO - SEPTEMBER 11: Cadillac Williams #33 of the St. Louis Rams runs as Jamar Chaney #51 of the Philadelphia Eagles dives for a tackle at the Edward Jones Dome on September 11, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Eagles defeated the Rams 31-15. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
Cadillac Williams could be Steven Jackson owner's fantasy football waiver wire pickup of last resort if the Injury Report comes back negative.
The St. Louis Rams have a tough game-time decision to make prior to their Monday Night Football appearance against the New York Giants: Do they test Steven Jackson's gimpy quadriceps despite their starting running back's failure to practice all week, or do they hope that Cadillac Williams is actually as rejuvenated as he looked in the Rams' Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles? Jackson owners who've decided to trawl the fantasy football waiver wire for Williams instead of playing a backup Sunday are hoping for the latter.
Williams, whose career looked over following a brilliant start and some devastating injuries thereafter, remade himself in 2009 and 2010 as a useful receiving option and a third-down option, but he hasn't looked as dynamic as he did in Week 1 in some time. If Jackson's out, the Rams are likely to use both Williams and Jerious Norwood, another injury-prone ex-star-on-the-rise—whoever gets off to a hotter start might see the bulk of the playing time in Josh McDaniels's home-run-happy offense.
Of course, key for both players if they're going to pick up a touchdown on the ground will be Sam Bradford's performance coming off his pedestrian start to the season; without that engine driving the offense into the red zone, neither retread back can be relied upon to get the Rams there on his own.