The Carolina Panthers won't be seeing running back DeAngelo Williams again this year.
The question now becomes whether they'll see him again period.
Williams' season ended Wednesday when he was placed on injured reserve with a right mid-foot sprain. Coach John Fox said the injury - suffered during the game-winning drive against San Francisco - was "healing a little slower than originally expected," and would have taken the star running back at least another two to three weeks to get back on the field.
Wednesday's move was for the short term - as they had to clear roster spots so they could add quarterback and offensive line depth - but carries long-term implications as well.
Williams' five-year contract, signed after he was chosen in the first round of the 2006 draft, will expire after the season, and like the rest of the Panthers' pending free agents, he's had to wait to hear anything from the team. He said in the spring he wasn't "upset or aggravated or anything like that" because the team hadn't addressed or upgraded his deal.