Reports coming out of Charger’s camp are mixed about Mike Williams’ back injury. Mike Williams is a first round pick coming out of Clemson. While in college, Williams played in 38 games and caught 177 passes for 2,727 yards. He also had 21 touchdowns for the Tigers. In 2015, Williams fractured a bone in his neck, forcing him to miss the entire season.
So far, Williams has missed all team events and his timetable for a return is shaky at best. Charger’s General Manager, Tom Telesco is hopefull that Williams’ injury won’t require surgery. This will allow him to return to the Chargers in short order. However: Head Coach Anthony Lynn has been reported as saying “I’m hopeful that it’s not [season ending], but who knows? It could be. I don’t know. You’d like to have him out [there], but fortunately we have depth at that position and we’re going to be OK.”
So the 19.75 million dollar questions is: when will he return? Who is correct here, the GM or the Head Coach? We will just have to wait and see what happens in the next few weeks. With the rookie missing OTAs and training camp, he is already behind the other WRs on the roster. Even if he comes back and plays this season, will he be able to make the impact that the Chargers think he will?