Raiders WR Tyrell Williams hits IR with season-ending shoulder injury
The Las Vegas Raiders have high hopes for their revamped receiving corps heading into the 2020 NFL season. Unfortunately, they have suffered a setback with wide receiver Tyrell Williams.
Williams was reportedly prepared to play through the year for the Raiders with a torn labrum in his shoulder. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, he will instead be placed on injured reserve and sit out the year:
The Raiders have placed WR Tyrell Williams on IR, ending his season.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 1, 2020
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Raiders’ receiver is slated to undergo surgery in the coming weeks.
The #Raiders put WR Tyrell Williams on Injured Reserve, as he is having surgery in a few weeks for a torn labrum in his shoulder. His season is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2020
The loss of Williams deals a critical blow to the passing game for quarterback Derek Carr. He has been limited by injuries ever since he joined the Raiders after managing to finish the 2019 campaign with 42 receptions for 651 yards and six touchdowns while dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Williams was fully prepared to endure another season of pain in order to help Las Vegas usher in a new era at Allegiant Stadium in style. However, it appears the Raiders have since opted to take a cautious approach by allowing him a full season to recover.
Despite the loss of Williams, the Raiders took precautions to ensure they would have quality depth to step up in his place. His absence will leave the door open for one of the many new additions to the receiving corps such as Henry Ruggs, Nelson Agholor, and Zay Jones to take over as an integral part of the offense. It will be interesting to see which of them benefits the most from the increase in quality reps.
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