Williams underwent surgery to repair a broken bone in his foot and will be out the next 10-to-12 weeks, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The surgery means Williams will miss all of OTAs and June minicamp, but coach Robert Saleh believes the defensive end should be healthy in time for training camp. In two seasons with the Jets, the 23-year-old has emerged as one of the best players along the team's defensive front, registering 83 tackles and 9.5 sacks across 26 games.
Williams likely will need surgery after breaking a small bone in his foot, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports. The surgery, assuming it happens, would come with a recovery estimate of 8-to-10 weeks, ruling Williams out for OTAs and June minicamp. He'd still have a shot to be ready for the start of training camp, though the Jets might ease him into practice even if he seems healthy again. Williams looked the part of a No. 3 overall pick in his second pro season, finishing 2020 with 55 tackles and seven sacks in only 13 games.
Williams (neck/concussion) was placed on IR on Wednesday. This move was just a formality, as it came out earlier in the day that Williams would miss the season's final two games to heal up from the injuries he suffered while taking a hit to the head in Sunday's win over the Rams. Prior to exiting the contest, Williams picked up his fifth sack in the last seven games, bringing his total to seven on the season. He also contributed 55 tackles and two forced fumbles over his 13 games.
The Jets plan to shut Williams down for the final two games of the season while he contends with a neck injury and concussion, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. According to Schefter, New York is expected to place Williams on injured reserve, with that transaction perhaps becoming official later Wednesday. After a quiet rookie season, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft broke out in his sophomore campaign, tallying 55 tackles and seven sacks in 13 games.
Coach Adam Gase said that Williams entered concussion protocol Sunday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports. New York delivered a spirited 23-20 victory over the heavily favored Rams to end a winless 2020 campaign, but the upset didn't come without an injury to one of the team's defensive stalwarts. Williams has been emerging as a pocket disruptor in his second pro campaign, collecting his seventh sack of the season Sunday after generating just two a year ago. The Alabama product has also produced more than double the number of QB hits compared to his 2019 output. Looking forward, Williams will have to clear the NFL's five-step concussion protocol if he is to be activated for a Week 16 game against Cleveland.
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