NEW ORLEANS -- Arizona Cardinals starting defensive tackle Dan Williams was not with the team for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints because he was excused for the death of his father, who was killed in a car wreck.
Team spokesman Mark Dalton says Thomas Williams was en route from the family's home in Memphis to New Orleans, with plans to see his son play in Sunday's game, when the accident occurred in the vicinity of Jackson, Miss.
Dalton says the team did not have details on precisely when the accident occurred, only that Williams received word before the Cardinals traveled to New Orleans on Saturday.
Dalton says Dan Williams' mother and sister also were in the car and were both hospitalized, but are expected to recover from their injuries.
"Our prayers and thoughts go to Dan," Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said.
Cardinals defensive lineman Darnell Dockett said he thought about Williams during Sunday's 31-7 loss to New Orleans.
"We miss him, but family is more important than the National Football League on any level, and he needs to take as much time as he can with his family," Dockett said. "We're going to be OK and welcome him back and embrace him, but at this point in time he can take as much time as he can with his family."
Information from ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss and The Associated Press was used in this report.