Super Rookie Williams May Play against Pack

That loud noise Monday afternoon was the combined exhale coming from Allen Park after it was learned rookie wide receiver Roy Williams suffered no damage to his ankle, and may even play next week Sunday.

(ALLEN PARK) -- That loud noise Monday afternoon was the combined exhale coming from Allen Park.

The Detroit Lions -- and their fans -- can breathe a little bit easier after learning the injury to rookie WR Roy Williams is not of any serious nature. Williams, the NFC's rookie of the month for September was helped off the field after sustaining a leg injury in the Lions 17-10 win over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

He is listed as day-to-day, and could play on Sunday when Detroit hosts the division-rival Packers. The Lions officially listed the injury as a sprain.

In the 3rd quarter on Sunday, Williams was taken into the locker room on a cart for precautionary reasons and exited the stadium to board the team bus on crutches.

At the time, Williams was confident, telling reporters that the injury was just a sprain and that he "was fine."

That seems to be the verdict after an MRI did not reveal even a sprain. Although Williams still feels soreness and has experienced some swelling in the left ankle, no damage is evident.

Initially, Detroit was hoping that Wiliams' injury was of the garden variety and not the dreaded high ankle sprain that can keep a player out for weeks, even months at a time.

During week one, the Lions lost former No. 1 target Charles Rogers for the season with a broken clavicle. It was thought that the loss would paralyze the offense, until Williams stepped in.

Without Rogers, Williams is the one player Detroit has on offense that forces opposing defenses to account for his presence on the field. After just four games, defenses had already begun rolling coverages to Williams side in an effort to neutralize the highlight-reel-making rookie.

The former University of Texas standout caught three balls for 18 yards before leaving the contest. In his absence, Az-Zahir Hakim stepped up and caught three balls for 64 yards including a 21-yard fourth down play for kept the game winning drive alive.

Williams leads the Lions with 20 catches for 295 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

Lions Report Top Stories