Williams (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Williams spent the majority of his 2016 campaign on injured reserve with a knee injury after failing to record a single catch throughout the first four weeks of the season. According to coach John Harbaugh, the procedure Williams underwent to repair the damage was rare for a football player, but the tight end is still expected to be ready for camp. Regardless of his health, he'll be subject to plenty of competition in a crowded tight end corps.
Williams (knee) likely will face stiff competition for reps next season, ESPN.com reports.
Even if the Ravens were to move on from veterans Dennis Pitta and Ben Watson (Achilles), the team would still have intriguing alternatives in the form of Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Nick Boyle. Williams has failed to live up to his second-round status through two seasons, catching only 32 passes in 18 games. He had zero targets in four appearances last season, ultimately landing on injured reserve in October. At best, he'll enter training camp competing for snaps as part of a committee.
The comment makes it clear that Williams, a 2015 second-round selection, won't be a candidate to return from injured reserve. A decision hasn't been made on surgery, but even if it's avoided, the young tight end will remain on IR for the rest of his second professional season. While only 22 years old, Williams may have to treat 2017 as a make-or-break season, especially if Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore are still on the Baltimore roster.
Williams has been plagued by a knee injury all season, and he will now get at least eight weeks to recover after aggravating the injury in Week 4. He could rejoin the roster later this season, but was third on the depth chart and had not caught a pass through four weeks, so the team may opt to hold him out for the rest of 2016 to give him ample time to heal up.
Williams has not taken the field since injuring his knee in Sunday's lost to the Raiders, leaving his status for Week 5 in serious question.
|P2||8/17/17||@ MIA||7:00 pm|
|P4||8/31/17||@ NO||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|5||10/8/17||@ OAK||4:05 pm|
|7||10/22/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/19/17||@ GB||1:00 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ PIT||8:30 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ CLE||1:00 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|