There were high expectations out of Jonah Williams when he was drafted 11th overall in the 2019 NFL Draft. However, the Cincinnati Bengals would have to wait a fair bit before they get to see their star man in action.
An MRI revealed on June 25 confirmed the team's worst fears: their young OT will miss his rookie season with a torn labrum in his left shoulder. He will be rehabbing while his team tries to improve their standing the tough AFC North.
The former Alabama standout and Third Team All-American revealed in an interview that he remembered the moment his shoulder gave out. Per Jay Morrison of The Athletic:
“I forget which day it was specifically, but there was this one play where I was like, ‘Ah, that wasn’t good.’ It didn’t feel good, but I kept playing. I played with it for about a week or two of OTAs. But I kept having repeat incidents, so I went and talked to the medical staff and got an MRI, and they told me right away what it was.”
Williams didn't think that it would be that painful and serious to warrant missing six months of action. However, the last thing the team would do is put their star tackle at risk of injuring him any further.
Bengals fans will have to wait an entire year before they see their prized 2019 rookie in action. While there's no certainty that they can make a playoff run, the team will still try to remain competitive without him.
The least he could do at the moment is focus on his rehabilitation and come back stronger than ever.