Williams, who was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, will undergo surgery on the torn labrum in his right shoulder at some point in September, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Williams initially expected to play through the injury, but instead surgery has been ordered up, which will cause him to miss the entirety of his sixth NFL season. In his stead, the Raiders are expected to go with an inexperienced receiving corps composed of two rookies (Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards) and a second-year slot specialist (Hunter Renfrow).
The Raiders placed Williams (shoulder) on injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports. A little more than a week removed from suffering a torn labrum in his right shoulder, Williams won't suit up this season after initially planning to play through the injury. With the decision made to shut down the 28-year-old, the Raiders likely will trot out a young receiving corps, led by rookie first-rounder Henry Ruggs and supplemented by slot man Hunter Renfrow and 2020 third-round pick Bryan Edwards.
Williams (shoulder) is expected to play through his torn labrum, Vic Tafur, Jimmy Durkin, Ted Nguyen and Tashan Reed of The Athletic's State of the Nation podcast report. Williams has played through the exact same injury on two previous occasions, as noted by Tafur during Thursday's episode of State of the Nation: once during his senior season at Western Oregon and then in 2015 with the Chargers. That the 28-year-old has some experience dealing with this exact injury is hopeful, and the Raiders have left the door open for Williams to possibly suit up for the season opener Sept. 13 versus the Panthers. Williams has not been wearing a sling or cast while at practice, though he has been held out from any level of participation.
Williams recently sustained a torn labrum in his shoulder, but the wideout intends to put off surgery and play through the injury, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Williams plans to take the next few weeks off to treat the injury through rest and rehab, leaving the door open for him to be available for the Raiders' season opener Sept. 13 at Carolina. After he missed only two games in 2019 while battling plantar fasciitis in both of his feet for a large portion of the season, Williams has shown an ability to play through injuries, though this latest shoulder issue could provide more unique complications. The Raiders are counting on Williams to serve as their top big-play threat, but if the injury limits the veteran or causes him to miss time, rookie first-round pick Henry Ruggs could end up seeing more work at outside receiver sooner than Las Vegas planned.
Williams said he's "over the hump" in dealing with the plantar fasciitis that bothered him last season, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. Williams was hampered by both of his feet, missing two games in October and ultimately failing to maintain his strong start to the season. He finished with a 42-651-6 receiving line on 64 targets, with both his stat line and snap count (727) looking oddly similar to what he had done the previous two years with the Chargers. The 28-year-old is entering the second season of a four-year, $44 million contract, and while better health might theoretically lead to more targets, he's now facing tougher competition after the Raiders picked up Henry Ruggs (Round 1) and Bryan Edwards (Round 3) in the 2020 NFL Draft. The team also brings back slot specialist Hunter Renfrow and tight end Darren Waller, along with an impressive, versatile backfield led by Josh Jacobs.
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