Chargers HC Anthony Lynn mentioned that while he’s hoping it isn’t, rookie WR Mike Williams‘ back injury could be a season-ending issue.
Lynn added that they obviously can’t control how soon Williams returns to the team and they’re taking things in stride.
“He’s doing well in rehab, and when he’s healthy, he’s healthy,” Lynn said. “You can’t control that.”
The Chargers placed Williams on the active/PUP list to open training camp and it sounds like there’s a decent chance could stay on the PUP list for the start of the year.
A few weeks ago, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reported that while surgery was on the table for Williams as of three or four weeks ago, he has spoken with two sources with direct knowledge of the situation who said that surgery is not on the table right now for Williams and he’s improving.
Williams, 22, was selected with the No. 7 overall pick by the Chargers a few months ago. According to OverTheCap.com, Williams will receive a four-year contract worth $19,750,056, which includes a signing bonus of $12,503,676. The contract also has a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2020.
During his college career at Clemson, Williams caught 177 passes for 2,727 yards receiving (15.4 YPR) and 21 touchdowns over the course of 38 games.
We’ll have more regarding Williams as the news is available.