IRVING, Texas– While the guy throwing the passes will be tested with the short week, one of his top targets might have some trouble getting to 100 percent health as well.
Terrance Williams will play Thursday despite a broken bone in his left index finger, an injury he suffered on his first-quarter catch against the Giants last Sunday. The 18-yard gain was the only reception of the night for Williams, who said he felt the discomfort right away.
"I didn't want to say anything," Williams said, referring to the team's training staff. "I didn't want to come out of the game. I thought I could play through it."
Williams did finish the game but didn't catch another pass.
This week, Williams has practiced with the injury, wearing a splint, with two pieces of tape. One goes around the top knuckle of the finger and another vertical piece which covers and protects the tip.
Williams said he will have to wear a larger size glove this week just to get over the splint.
"Well, it's going to hurt," he said Tuesday. "There's no getting around that. But I think you just have to block it out and go play. This is a huge game for us. It's going to take a lot more than this to keep me out."
This season, Williams started off on a tear, five touchdowns in the first five games, including two against the Saints on Sept. 29. He had a three-game streak of TD catches end in Seattle, but that game saw him come up with two game-changing catches, including one on the sideline that led to the go-ahead touchdown.
Through 11 games, Williams has 28 receptions for 444 yards and six touchdowns.
But in the last three games, Williams has just three catches for 37 yards, including none against the Jaguars in London.