Mike Williams week to week with shoulder injury
Fourth-year wide receiver Mike Williams was the latest Los Angeles Chargers player to be sidelined due to a sustained injury in practice. He was reportedly diagnosed with a shoulder sprain and will be observed on a week-to-week basis.
NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport disclosed the details on the injury of Williams on Twitter:
#Chargers WR Mike Williams, who left practice with his arm hanging, was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain and is considered week-to-week, source said. His collarbone is intact. At this point, his return to play timeline — and status for the opener — is not yet determined.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2020
After being drafted with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Williams underwhelmed in his rookie season in which he only started a single game and tallied lowly numbers. His productivity increased in 2018 as he was given a bigger role in the Chargers’ offensive rotation.
After feeling his feet in his first two seasons, Williams came out with a strong campaign in 2019. He exceeded the 1,000 receiving yard mark for the first time in his career with a tally of 1,001 yards on 49 receptions and 2 touchdowns scored. He was also established as a regular starter last season, appearing in a total of 15 games for the Chargers.
His indefinite absence will certainly leave a hole in the team’s offense. Fifth-round pick Joe Reed, undrafted sophomore duo Jason Moore and Jalen Guyton, along with rookie Dalton Schoen will all step up at the right wideout position for the time being.
The Chargers cannot afford to lose Williams for a long time as he will be a major piece for the rebuilding cause of the team. The team went on to miss the playoffs owing to a disappointing 5-11 record last season.
The following weeks will see if Williams will be able to rejoin the team in time for their first game against the Cincinnati Bengals on September 13.