DeAngelo Williams knows the Pittsburgh Steelers need him, but his availability for Sunday's clash against the Denver Broncos is not guaranteed.
As the Steelers running back continues to recover from a right foot injury, coach Mike Tomlin suggested his status is trending toward doubtful for the AFC divisional play-off game against the Broncos.
"DeAngelo is still kind of on the outside looking in," Tomlin told a news conference on Tuesday.
"I'll leave the door ajar for him."
Williams initially suffered the injury in the Steelers' week 17 win over the Cleveland Browns when he was tackled by defensive lineman John Hughes.
He was unable to put any weight on his ankle as he was helped off the field and carted to the locker room.
After being ruled out for the rest of the game, he left the stadium wearing a protective boot.
Williams has filled in superbly for star running back Le'Veon Bell after he was lost for the season to a torn MCL suffered in Pittsburgh's week 8 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
If Williams is unable to suit up for Sunday's game in Denver, the Steelers will likely turn to Fitzgerald Toussaint and Jordan Todman to carry the workload.
The injury-riddled Steelers also face the possibility of playing without veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and star wide receiver Antonio Brown after the two were hurt in Saturday's AFC wildcard win over the Bengals.
Tomlin confirmed on Tuesday that Roethlisberger is day-to-day with torn ligaments in his shoulder, while Brown remains in the concussion protocol.