Chiefs Place DT Xavier Williams on Injured Reserve

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Xavier Williams #98 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs onto the field prior to the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
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In a huge blow to an already shaky Kansas City Chiefs defense, it's been announced that defensive tackle Xavier Williams has been placed on injured reserve.

Williams, who was signed this past offseason and was expected to provide much-needed depth at DT, suffered a high-ankle sprain in last week's loss against the Indianapolis Colts.

Evidently, that ankle sprain was bad enough that the Chiefs felt it necessary to place Williams on IR. Steve Spagnuolo's defense, which finds itself having one of the worst run units in the NFL, is going to miss Williams' presence.

The Chiefs went on to sign nine-year veteran DT Terrell McClain, as their only other healthy nose tackles are Derrick Nnadi and Khalen Saunders.

With starting DT Chris Jones also out with a groin injury, the Chiefs' front four will be as weak as ever, even with monster DE Frank Clark bringing pressure off the edge.

The Chiefs have been hammered by injuries left and right as they look to continue their highly-expected Super Bowl run. With their last loss against the Colts, however, it remains to be seen whether they'll live up to their potential and finally win Andy Reid his first Super Bowl or limp to the finish line and face an early playoff exit.