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Ryan Williams injury: Cardinals RB to have surgery Tuesday

Ryan Williams of the Cardinals stepped in to take the place of injured Beanie Wells versus the Rams. Williams sustained a left shoulder injury in the game and will have surgery on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

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Ryan Williams was helping out his Arizona Cardinals teammates by stepping into the hole left by running back Beanie Wells. Wells is out with turf-toe and will be ineligible to return until Nov. 25. Williams' good deed earned him an early exit from the season and a trip to the operating table.

In the Oct. 4 game against the St. Louis Rams, Williams sustained an injury to his left shoulder. Initially the injury was not thought to be serious; however, physicians have determined Williams will require surgery. Kent Summers tweeted the surgery would take place on Tuesday.

The Cardinals play the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Possible replacements for Williams are LaRod Stephens-Howling, William Powell, and recent signee Alfonso Smith. The Cardinals have the option to tap into the unsigned free agent market. Notable FA's include: Joseph Addai, Chester Taylor, and Jerious Norwood.