That optimism turned out to be misplaced. Williams and Ward are both on the inactive list for the Browns on Sunday night.
The Browns will also play without safeties Morgan Burnett and Damarious Randall. Randall was ruled out on Friday while Burnett was listed as questionable with a quad injury. Right tackle Chris Hubbard, offensive lineman Kendall Lamm and wide receiver Rashard Higgins round out the inactives.
Guard Austin Blythe, wide receiver Nsimba Webster, cornerback David Long, linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, tight end Tyler Higbee, defensive lineman Greg Gaines, and offensive lineman Bobby Evans are out for the Rams.