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Demetrius Williams: a familiar story

You gotta feel for Demetrius Williams. Unless you're so frustrated with the Ravens' injury-prone  wide receiver that the very mention of his name makes you scream.

Just look at the situation he finds himself in now.

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It's the last week of pre-season games. Williams was on the bubble to make this team. And now, after Saturday's 24-10 Ravens win over the New York Giants, two of the wideouts ahead of him on the depth chart -- Donte Stallworth (broken foot) and Mark Clayton (concussion) -- are sidelined.

Should be a perfect opportunity for Williams to step up and show what he can do, right?

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A perfect opportunity to string together a series of good, solid practices to catch the coaches' eyes and maybe shine in Thursday's last pre-season game against the St. Louis Rams, too?

Except . . . there's just one problem.

Williams is hurt. His sprained ankle is still bothering him. According to Ed Lee's post at the Ravens Insider blog -- you can read it here -- Williams was noticeably favoring the ankle when he emerged from the locker room for the start of morning practice today.

And Lee also noted that Williams ran at about half-speed in the positional drills.

Hmm, half-speed. Doesn't seem like a great way to get yourself noticed when, all around you, they're dropping like flies at your position.

Understand, this is not to question Williams' heart or dedication. When you're injured, you're injured.

It's just that this guy is running out of opportunities to stick with the Ravens. And he's already got the rep of a guy who's failed to make the most of those opportunities in the past.

Here's hoping the ankle gets better soon -- at least for his sake, if not for the Ravens.

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