Williamson will have surgery Thursday to repair his torn ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Williamson was expected to start at linebacker for the Jets this season after a strong 120-tackle campaign in 2018, but he suffered an unfortunate knee injury in early preseason. The 27-year-old has only missed one game during his five-year career, and the Jets are hoping since his injury occurred in August, he'll be healthy for the 2020 season.
Williamson (knee) was placed on IR Saturday, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.
Williamson's move to IR comes as no surprise after he was diagnosed with a torn ACL on Friday. He was a vital piece of the Jets defense in 2018, and his absence will open up a significant number of inside linebacker snaps. Neville Hewitt will figure to step into a starting role with Williamson out for the season.
Williamson (knee) has been diagnosed with a torn ACL, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Williamson suffered the injury during Thursday's preseason win over the Falcons. It's a huge loss for the Jets, after the 27-year-old linebacker played 99.5 percent of the team's defensive snaps last season, recording 120 tackles (80 solo), three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception. Neville Hewitt, James Burgess and fifth-round rookie Blake Cashman are the top candidates to step in alongside C.J. Mosley at linebacker.
Williamson will not return to Thursday's exhibition game against the Falcons due to a knee injury.
The severity of Williamson's injury is not known at this time, but the Jets are likely to provide more clarity on the situation in short order. He currently projects as one of New York's two starting inside linebackers.
Williamson will shift to weak-side linebacker this season, Brian Costello of The New York Post reports.
The move follows the addition of inside linebacker C.J. Mosley, who likely will take over the play-calling on defense. Williamson was on the field for 100 percent of defensive snaps in 15 of 16 games last season en route to racking up 120 total tackles, three sacks, six pass breakups, one interception and two forced fumbles. Williamson is locked in as a starter, but he may face competition for playing time on passing downs.
Williamson finished the 2018 season with a career-high 120 tackles (80 solo) and three sacks, also adding an interception.
Williamson latched on with the Jets as a free agent after four seasons in Tennessee, and the move seems to have paid dividends for both sides, as Williamson easily eclipsed his previous high of 104 tackles. He's also consistent when it comes to getting to the quarterback, recording between 2.0 and 3.5 sacks in each of his five NFL campaigns.
Williamson recorded 11 tackles (three solo) in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Patriots.
Williamson would have liked his first season with Gang Green to feature a few more wins, but he's having a successful campaign on an individual level. He's recorded 11 tackles in each of the past three games, bringing his season total to 89 through 11 contests.
Williamson recorded 11 tackles (seven solo) and one forced fumble during Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bills.
Williamson was one of the lone bright spots for Gang Green's defense, which allowed Buffalo's offense to score 41 points during a Week 10 loss. Prior to Week 10, the Bills had eclipsed 20 points only once this season. Williamson has posted more than 10 tackles in two consecutive weeks and will look to continue his streak during Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Williamson recorded 12 tackles (seven solo) and a sack during Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Dolphins.
Williamson recorded his second highest tackle total of the season, having now accumulated 56 tackles on the year. The five-year pro was a bright spot among Gang Green's starters Week 9 and will look to continue building upon a strong season during next Sunday's tilt against the Bills.
Williamson recorded nine tackles (seven solo) in Sunday's win over Denver.
Williamson is averaging almost 11 tackles per game over his last three contests. His 39 tackles through five weeks have him on pace for the most prolific season of his career. He and the Jets will host Andrew Luck and the Colts in Week 6.
Williamson recorded nine tackles (six solo), a pass defensed and a forced fumble across 77 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
In a contest dominated by the Jaguars, Williamson was one of the lone bright spots on the Jets defense. The linebacker forced a fumble and tipped a pass that resulted in an interception. He was second on the team in tackles and played in 100 percent of the defensive snaps.
Williamson racked up 14 tackles (seven solo) and 1.5 sacks in Thursday's 21-17 loss to the Browns.
Williamson was a monster in this one, constantly meeting running plays at the point of attack and wreaking havoc in the backfield when asked to in passing situations. He averaged 94 tackles per year in four seasons with the Titans prior to signing with the Jets this offseason, and the 26-year-old linebacker's on a 112-tackle pace through three contests with his new club.
Williamson (undisclosed) was a full participant in Saturday's practice, Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record reports.
Williamson was held out of practice due to an undisclosed injury earlier this week, but appears to have gotten healthy. The 26-year-old is expected to suit up Monday against the Lions.
Williamson (undisclosed) did not practice Monday, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.
The reason for Williamson's absence remains relatively unknown. Look for more updates to come in the next few days, as the Jets are still a week away from their season opener against the Lions on Monday night.
Williamson signed a three-year, $22.5 million deal with the Jets on Friday, Darryl Slater of NJ.com reports.
Williamson fills the Jets' middle linebacker void that was created when they let Demario Davis walk in free agency. The four-year pro has two seasons with over 100 tackles, but Williamson saw just 41 defensive snaps per game in 2017 and fell short with only 92 tackles. With a hefty pay day on deck and little competition surrounding him, expect Williamson to be a Week 1 starter.
Williamson is expected to sign a contract with the Jets, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Williamson should slide in at starting inside linebacker for the Jets alongside Darron Lee, replacing the departing Demario Davis. The former fifth-round pick was one of the top inside linebackers on the market after totaling 92 tackles (52 solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles for the Titans in 2017.
Williamson capped the regular season with 11 tackles (five solo), along with a tackle for loss and a pass defensed in Sunday's playoff-clinching, 15-10 win over Jacksonville.
Williamson brought his season total to 92 tackles with his second-best performance of the campaign in that category. Tennessee's strong interior linebacker play was often overlooked, but the Titans very likely would have missed the playoffs if not for excellent performances from Williamson and Wesley Woodyard. Williamson's turned out to be quite the find in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, as he's registered 376 tackles in his first four NFL seasons.
Williamson racked up six solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's 25-23 loss to the 49ers.
Williamson and Wesley Woodyard form a dynamic duo at inside linebacker that's as effective as it is alliterative. Each of the two was able to sack quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo once in this one, and Williamson now has three sacks in the past four weeks. The 25-year-old Williamson also cleared the 75-tackle mark for the fourth consecutive season since being selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Williamson recorded nine tackles (two solo) and a sack in Sunday's 20-16 win over the Colts.
Williamson has been up and down over the past four weeks, racking up performances of 14 and nine tackles while posting a combined five stops in the other two games during that stretch. The sack was his first of the season.
Williamson had a team-high 14 tackles (six solo) against the Browns on Sunday.
Sunday's total doubled Williamson's previous season high of seven tackles, but most of this increase is attributed to assisted tackles, so it may not be sustainable. Regardless, the 25-year-old remains on pace for his third consecutive 100-tackle season.
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