Defensive lineman Eric Williams, a 10-year veteran who has been with the Washington Redskins since 1990, reached the end of his career yesterday.
Williams, who had said he was retiring at the end of the year, was placed on the injured reserve list with a hip injury, which means he can't play again this season.
Bothered by a worsening congenital hip injury, Williams started Sunday against the Phoenix Cardinals but found that he was ineffective.
Williams was obtained from the Detroit Lions in 1990 for a fourth-round pick and running back James Wilder and started all but one game in the Redskins' 1991 Super Bowl season.
Besides putting Williams on IR, the Redskins waived defensive lineman Keith Willis, who was with the club one week.
To replace Williams and Willis, the Redskins signed two defensive backs -- Todd Bowles, who was cut by the club earlier this year, and Robert Williams, who was waived by the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins need defensive backs because Alvoid Mays and A. J. Johnson were injured against Phoenix.
The Redskins think they can offset the loss of Williams and Willis with Charles Mann, Tim Johnson and Jason Buck. All three are expected to return for the Nov. 1 game against the Buffalo Bills. They all missed the Phoenix game with injuries.