On Tuesday, it was announced that Los Angeles Chargers first-round draft pick Mike Williams will be shut down for the remainder of the team’s offseason program due to a mild herniated disc in his back.
Williams is saying he’ll be ready to return for training camp, but how encouraging is that?
The last thing, literally the last thing any Charger fan wants to hear about is a player being injured. The amount of injuries this organization has dealt with over the last two years has been nothing short of ridiculous and to think that the first player the team drafted this year is already hurting is not a good sign.
So is it time to panic?
Looking forward to the Mike Williams truthers make the same excuses as the Kevin White truthers.
— Anthony Amico (@amicsta) June 6, 2017
Many people will shrug it off and mention that this is only June. That’s one way to look at it. A pessimist will look at things much differently, feeling this could be more of the same.
Williams could absolutely be back and ready for training camp and perhaps the Chargers are shutting him down now to ensure that. However, this is a player with an injury history, one that includes a scary neck injury that many felt would be career-ending when it happened.
Much will be expected of Williams this season as the Chargers could have had several players with the No. 7 overall pick including Christian McCaffrey, Derek Barnett or Malik Hooker, to name a few. General manager felt that Williams was the guy and it’s way too soon to say that he’s not. But what we can say is that all of those other rookies are on the field, learning their respective systems and showing the coaches what they can do.
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To this point, we’ve only see what Williams can do at Clemson.
How do you guys feel? Is it time to panic about Williams or is this not that big of a deal? Let us know in the comments section below.