Williams tore his left ACL during Wednesday's practice and he'll likely be placed on Injured Reserve, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports. As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. This ensures Clay Harbor's spot as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett heading into the 2016 season, as Williams enters a long road to recovery.
Williams injured his leg/knee during Wednesday's minicamp, and was seen walking with crutches on Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports. Williams is set to receive a second opinion on his injured leg, but initial indications are pessimistic which could mean the tight end misses some amount of time. Prior to the injury, Williams was projected to fill in as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, but the possible seriousness of Williams' issue could open the door for Clay Harbor to secure that spot with little offseason competition.
The Patriots have acquired tackle Michael Williams from the Lions in exchange for a future draft pick, according to NFL.com. Williams is expected to be among the reserve options for the back end of their offensive line in the 2015 season.
Lions tackle Michael Williams is finally feeling comfortable in his new position, per mlive.com. The former tight end struggled initially to adjust to his new role as a tackle, but he's improved drastically and he along with his coaches have taken notice. "I remember how out of place I felt," said Williams, who moved from tight end to offensive tackle last offseason. "But now I feel like I'm at the right position. I feel like I'm in place. I feel like I'm impressing coaches, and impressing myself." Williams spent last season as a member of the Lions' practice squad.
The Lions filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing guard Rodney Austin, tight end Michael Egnew, fullback Emil Igwenagu, safety Nate Ness, receiver Andrew Peacock, defensive tackle Xavier Proctor, cornerback Mohammed Seisay, linebacker Julian Stanford, offensive tackle Michael Williams and running back George Winn.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/20||@San Francisco 49ers||7||6.13|
|12||11/28||@New York Jets||2||4.75|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Rams||25||8.25|
|16||12/24||New York Jets||2||4.75|
|3 Year Avg||6||3||26||0||1||8.67||2|