Rumors circulated around Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams on the chance that he may need season-ending back surgery. The former Clemson wide receiver put all that speculation to rest.
Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, has been dealing with a herniated disc in his back the past several months.
Earlier this week, reports came out saying that Williams’ injury appeared to be more serious than expected, and that the Clemson product might miss the 2017 NFL season should he undergo back surgery.
Williams denied those reports on Saturday.
“I’m good. Everything’s good,” Williams told reporters at Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery’s football camp. “The back situation, that was some false information being released. I don’t know who released it, but everything is good.”
And according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, back surgery is currently off the table for Williams, as he is improving following a second epidural. Williams is, however, likely to start training camp on the physically unable to perform list (PUP).
This is somewhat good news for the Chargers, who want to do everything in their power to avoid injuries, especially before the season even begins. Unfortunately, Williams missed the final two weeks of the team’s offseason program due to the injury and has fallen behind.
Luckily, the Chargers are deep at receiver with the likes of Keenan Allen, who’s reportedly looking good, Tyrell Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman. Hopefully, Williams can get caught up to speed and see some action in the preseason. The more weapons for QB Philip Rivers, the better.