When asked if he is concerned about Williams' (knee) availability for Sunday's game against the Lions, coach Anthony Lynn said, "absolutely," Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reports.
With tight end Hunter Henry (knee) set to miss 4-6 weeks, the Chargers can ill-afford to be without another big-bodied passing target for any length of time. With Henry out and Williams -- who did not practice Wednesday -- looking iffy for Week 2 at this stage, added targets could open up this weekend for the likes of tight end Virgil Green, as well as wide receivers Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman.
Coach Anthony Lynn relayed Monday that Williams is getting his knee checked out, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports. "He's getting it looked at today, so hopefully it's not too serious," Lynn noted. "Mike's a heck of a football player, and we're going to need him. So hopefully he'll be back soon."
While we won't send off an alarm just yet, this is a situation to monitor. If Williams is forced to miss any time, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman would be likely to see an uptick in snaps alongside top wideout option Keenan Allen.
Williams (knee) caught two of his three targets for 29 yards in a 30-24 overtime win over the Colts on Sunday.
Williams left Sunday's game late in the fourth quarter with a knee injury, but the big-bodied receiver appeared to be moving fine after the game, according to Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register. That's good news for Williams' fantasy status, but it was a bit troubling to see the third-year player barely factor into the team's offensive plans, with Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler almost exclusively earning the first-half looks, and tight end Hunter Henry contributing in the second half. Williams' calling card is as a red-zone threat, but the Chargers didn't target the 6-foot-4 wideout a single time in their three red-zone tries. Needless to say, Williams likely will have better days ahead, but fantasy owners will want to monitor his practice status leading up to this week's battle against Detroit.
Williams was forced out of Sunday's game against the Colts with a knee injury.
Prior to his exit, Williams had logged two catches (on three targets) for 29 yards. If he's forced to miss any time, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman are next up for wideout targets behind the team's top option, Keenan Allen.
Chargers general manager Tom Telesco said Williams (back) is still probably a couple weeks away from practicing, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.
Williams was activated from the Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, as the Chargers aren't quite ready to rule him out for the first six games of the season. He'll still miss Week 1 and likely some time beyond that, but the team expects him to begin practicing at some point in September. Williams will face an uphill battle to earn regular snaps if the Chargers' receiving corps stays healthy, with Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams (groin) and Travis Benjamin set to open the year as the top three options. (Tyrell) Williams broke out for a 69-1,059-7 receiving line last season, and Benjamin impressed during the preseason with a pair of long touchdown catches.
Williams (back) is coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list and being placed on the active roster, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Though he may not be ready for Week 1, this is a clear sign the Chargers expect their first-round pick to be available within the first six weeks of the season. Williams has barely practiced since he was drafted and still needs to prove he's worthy of snaps amidst a stacked receiving corps, but he should at least contribute as a red-zone target at some point before the end of the season. The Chargers will enter Week 1 with Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams (groin) and Travis Benjamin as their top three wideouts.
Head coach Anthony Lynn said Wednesday that Williams (back) is ahead of schedule in his recovery and has already started to run full sprints, Eric Williams of ESPN.com reports.
On the eve of training camp, Williams required a second epidural to deal with a herniated disc in his lower back, which has forced a stay on the PUP list throughout the preseason slate. While he doesn't have a timetable for a return, his activity level is a sign his absence may not extend too far into the regular season. However, without a definitive time line, anything a representative of the Chargers relays about Williams, even Lynn, should be taken with a grain of salt. In Williams' absence, the Chargers will send out known entities in Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin to head the receiving corps.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn acknowledged that Williams (back) could begin the regular season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Lynn also said Williams is at least three weeks away from practicing, which essentially rules the first-round pick out for Week 1. Said to be targeting an October return, Williams will be ineligible for the first six weeks of the regular season if he isn't removed from the Physically Unable to Perform list by Sep. 2. A cautious approach makes sense, considering the Chargers have a more than capable trio of veteran wideouts in Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin. The team's impressive depth at the position could leave Williams with a limited role even if/when he gets back to full strength this season.
Williams (herniated disc) is believed to be targeting a return to action in October, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
With the wideout addressing his back issue through rest and rehab rather than surgery, the Chargers hope that Williams can return to practice in September, barring any setbacks. While the report implies that the No. 7 overall pick will miss some regular-season action, it does point to Williams being able to play in a majority of the Chargers' tilts in 2017. Added clarity on his situation could come as soon as Sept. 2, when roster decisions are on tap. With that in mind, it remains to be seen if Williams' stay on the team's Physically Unable to Perform list might extend to the regular season.
Williams (back) is getting better and began running on the field Tuesday, Eric D. Williams of ESPN reports.
Over a week ago, head coach Anthony Lynn said Williams could potentially miss the entire 2017 season. However, the Chargers are reportedly still holding out hope the receiver could return sometime in the preseason. Only time will tell when Williams will actually be back, but he at least seems to be moving in the right direction.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn acknowledged Sunday that Williams (back) could be sidelined for the entire 2017 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
After placing Williams on the preseason Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, the Chargers suggested that Williams would miss all of training camp, which in all likelihood would result in Los Angeles transitioning the rookie wideout to the regular season PUP list prior to Week 1. Assuming that's the case, Williams would then miss at least the first six weeks of the season, and if he's still not fully recovered from the back injury once that period expires, a move to season-ending injured reserve would become a more distinct possibility. Even at full health, Williams might have had a difficult time making a significant fantasy impact this season due to the existing receiving talent on the Los Angeles roster, and the injury only further dampens his appeal. Given his pedigree and impressive physical tools, Williams could still be worth targeting in dynasty formats, but those in single-season leagues may be best served crossing him off draft boards.
Williams (back), who was placed on the PUP list Saturday, is expected to miss the entirety of training camp, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.
Williams reportedly met with team doctors on Saturday and they came to the conclusion that he'll need to sit out the entire training camp before being reevaluated. Look for him to undergo a heavy dose of rest and rehabilitation moving forward, although it's unclear if he'll see any action during the preseason. Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman should be the top wideouts throughout camp.
Williams (back) was placed on the PUP list on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Although the rookie recently received some positive news about his back that alleviated some fears regarding a possible season-ending back surgery, Williams is not ready to take part in drills when the Chargers open up camp Sunday. Fortunately, Williams will be able to be activated off the PUP list at any point in training camp. As it stands, the Chargers will open camp with Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman (abdomen) as their primary wideouts.
Williams (back) responded positively to a second epidural and could return at some point during training camp, ESPN.com's Eric D. Williams reports. "He'll see our doctors this weekend and will get more of a timetable of where he is," Chargers GM Tom Telesco said. "I think he's more trending towards not working early in camp, which is not a surprise. But we'll kind of take it from there."
Williams hasn't practiced since suffering a mild disc herniation in mid-May, and while both player and team believe surgery won't be needed, the rookie still figures to open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. The Chargers can afford to ease their first-round pick into action, as Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman (abdomen) give the team plenty of veteran firepower at wide receiver. That impressive depth means Williams could start his career with a limited role even if the back injury dissipates faster than expected.
Williams (back) will be evaluated upon his arrival to training camp, at which point the Chargers will determine an appropriate workload, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Williams suffered a mild disc herniation in his lower back during rookie minicamp, which raised speculation that he could undergo surgery to address the issue. In response to that chatter, Williams denied that surgery will be necessary, instead insisting Saturday that "everything is good." While Williams remains optimistic about his health, his true condition should be determined once the Chargers have a chance to examine him. At the moment, it appears the most likely outcome is Williams being placed on the team's preseason Physically Unable to Perform list until he's ready to take the field.
Williams (back) is denying reports that he may need season-ending back surgery, NFL.com's Lakisha Jackson reports. "I'm good. Everything good. The back situation. That was some false information being released," the receiver said Saturday. "I don't know who released it but everything is good."
This confirms earlier reports from NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that while Williams -- who suffered a mild disc herniation in his lower back during rookie minicamp -- was a candidate for surgery a few weeks ago, his situation has improved and that's no longer the case. Going forward, it's likely the Chargers plant their first-round pick on the physically unable to perform list to begin training camp, which begins July 29.
While ESPN's Adam Schefter indicates that Williams is a candidate for back surgery, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that such a procedure is currently off the table.
Rapoport notes that back surgery was considered a possibility for the rookie wideout a few weeks ago, but since then Williams has displayed improvement following a second epidural to address a herniated disc in his lower back. The No. 7 overall choice in the 2017 NFL Draft is, however, likely to start training camp on the Chargers' PUP list, per the Los Angeles Times. If that happens, Williams could come off the list at any time during camp. On that front, the Chargers' first practice will be held July 30. Williams' lofty draft status suggests that the team has big plans for the 6-foot-4, 218-pound receiver, but the reality is that the 22-year-old's current back woes have led to him falling behind in terms of gaining reps in the Los Angeles offense. Once Williams is healthy, he'll look to carve out a key role in a wideout corps that also includes Keenan Allen -- who is bouncing back from a torn ACL -- as well as Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman.
Williams, who underwent a second epidural to address a herniated disc in his lower back, will likely start training camp on the Chargers' PUP list, NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports.
Moreover, ESPN's Adam Schefter ominously notes that the rookie wideout may eventually require a back procedure that would derail the first-rounder's 2017 campaign. Such an outcome is not a lock, and hinges on how well Williams responds to his recent epidural, but until there's added clarity on his status, the 22-year-old wideout is looking like a risky option in fantasy drafts.
Williams (back) may be a candidate for the physically unable to perform list if his injury continues to linger into training camp, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.
While the team remains hopeful Williams will be ready for the start of training camp, it seems increasingly likely the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 draft could miss time after suffering a mild disk herniation during the first practice of rookie minicamp. With Williams on the mend, look for Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin to benefit from the additional practice reps, with the former seeking out the No. 2 WR role behind Keenan Allen.
Williams (back) could be ready for the start of training camp, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.
Williams was diagnosed with a mild disk herniation during his first practice of rookie minicamp, and as a result hasn't been able to take the practice field during OTAs. Head coach Anthony Lynn "hopes" Williams will be able to practice at the starting of training camp, as the 2017 first-round pick is expected to undergo extensive physical therapy prior to the start of camp. Hope doesn't always spring eternal when it comes to the Chargers' injury woes, meaning the organization could take a cautious approach with its prized No. 7 overall pick. Given the nature of the injury and the wealth of WR depth already on the roster, don't be surprised if Williams' recovery takes a bit longer than expected.