Will Chargers WR Mike Williams miss rookie season?

  • Will Chargers WR Mike Williams miss rookie season?

Will Chargers WR Mike Williams miss rookie season?

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Williams may need to have surgery on a herniated disk in his back. He came back strong last season and was pivotal in the Tigers winning the title, totaling 1,361 yards on 98 receptions with 13 touchdowns. A star at Clemson a year ago, Williams was a big part of the team that won the national championship over Alabama. "This may be a lot more serious than people thought", a source told Schefter. The 22-year-old wideout sustained the injury following the first practice of rookie minicamp and was diagnosed with a herniated disc shortly after.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported Williams will likely start training camp on the PUP list.

It'd be tough news to swallow for the organization, and for Williams, personally.

Williams recently received a second epidural in an effort to try and get him ready for some point during training camp, but the team is preparing as if he won't be ready.

In each of the last two seasons, the Los Angeles Chargers have lost their No. 1 wide receiver - Keenan Allen - to a season-ending injury early in the year. Back injuries are notorious for being re-aggravated, and Williams has been on the shelf since May.

The Chargers remain uncertain about when Williams initially injured his back, but one source said it's possible it was injured at the combine and during his pro day, but he did a good enough job masking it so that teams would not know and his draft stock would not be affected.

So no, the Chargers can't catch a break.