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Report: Mike Williams will play vs. Bengals despite shoulder injury

Mike Williams, Chargers

When Tyrod Taylor makes his first career start for the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, he’ll have one of his big-play weapons available. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Mike Williams will play versus the Cincinnati Bengals despite his shoulder injury.

Late last month, Williams suffered a shoulder injury in practice and was given a week-to-week timetable to return. After returning to practice this week, albeit in a limited fashion, Williams and the Chargers believe he is healthy enough to play in Week 1.

The Chargers are entering a new era in their franchise with Taylor replacing Philip Rivers under center. Given that, Los Angeles likely won’t put the ball in the air as often as they did with Rivers. Still, Williams, Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler should all be heavily involved in the offense.

A season ago, Williams produced his first 1,000-yard season with the Chargers. The former first-round pick hauled in 49 receptions for 1,001 yards and two touchdowns in 2019.

He would lead the league in yards per reception, with 20.4 yards per reception last season. While Taylor won’t attempt as many passes as Rivers, Williams should still be utilized as a vertical threat in the team’s aerial attack this season.

At the time that Williams sustained his shoulder injury, Los Angeles was optimistic that he would be back on the field soon. Even though things looked cloudy earlier this week, Williams is on track to start for the Chargers against the Bengals.

Though, it remains to be seen if Williams is limited at all due to his shoulder ailment.