After coming to an injury settlement, the San Francisco 49ers have waived defensive lineman Ian Williams, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. Williams has missed all of this season due to an ongoing ankle issue.
He notably underwent surgery on his ankle over the summer as well.
The defensive lineman first fractured his ankle early in 2013. He played nine games the following season, but then suffered a very similar injury. Both ailments required multiple surgeries in order for the veteran defender to return to the field.
Fortunately for San Francisco, Williams returned to the field last season, played all 16 games and became one of the team’s best defensive linemen, but again, he needed surgery during the offseason.
The great performance in 2015 resulted in the 49ers and Williams initially agreeing to a five-year contract, but it was rescinded once it was known that he needed another procedure done to his ankle. After that occurrence, he was signed to a one-year contract.
San Francisco obviously misses All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman, but without Bowman and Williams, the 49ers’ run defense is, by far, the worst in the league. San Francisco has allowed 1,296 rushing yards, which comes out to an average of 185.1 rushing yards per week. No other team in the league has allowed even 1,000 total rushing yards or more than 140 rushing yards per week. The 49ers also allow the most rushing yards per carry at 5.1. The Oakland Raiders and Washington Redskins are the only other teams that allow at least five yards per rushing attempt.
Williams finishes his 49ers’ career with 91 total tackles, two sacks and two pass defenses.