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49ers Lose NT Ian Williams To Broken Ankle

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Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images.
Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images.

The San Francisco 49ers defense may be without NT Ian Williams for the rest of the season after he suffered a broken ankle, according to ProFootballTalk. The injury occurred on a cut block by Seahawks RG J.R. Sweezy, and Williams was carted off the field in the first quarter of their blowout loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

“It just looked like he was engaged (with center Max Unger), zone play, and the backside guard came down and cut him,” 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said.

Williams’ teammate, Patrick Willis, was none too happy with the block even if it was a legal play.

“I feel like as a linebacker or a D-lineman, any cut, it’s a man sport — be a man, hit me up high,” Willis said. “Hit like rams. You don’t see a ram going and cutting another ram’s legs. They hit head to head, pad to pad.

“I feel like that’s something the league should look into more,” Willis continued. “You see some of that stuff, and it’s uncalled for. You have a guy who’s 300 pounds cutting a guy who’s 250 pounds. Do physics to that. Hit the man up high. It should be a good collision.”

Glenn Dorsey replaced Williams at nose tackle, and he’s penciled in as their starter for the foreseeable future. There’s currently no timetable for Williams’ return, and all signs point to the 49ers placing him on injured reserve. They used their short-term IR designation on LB Nick Moody last week, so they can’t use it for Williams.

Williams' loss is a major blow to the 49ers defense. The nose tackle position is pivotal to their defensive line, and his impact on their defense can't be understated.