Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) back at practice


Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) has returned to practice.

According to ESPN’s Eric D. Williams, first-round wide receiver Mike Williams is back on the practice field.

Chargers WR Mike Williams running routes at Wednesday's practice.

— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) December 6, 2017

Williams, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was carted off the field in Week 12’s win against the Dallas Cowboys. But the former Clemson product avoided serious injury after he was diagnosed with only a bone bruise. He was held out of practice last week and missed Week 13’s contest against the Cleveland Browns.

The jury is still out on Williams, who also missed the first six games to start the season due to a back injury. He only has nine catches for 84 yards and no touchdowns despite seeing more playing time prior to the knee injury. Quite frankly, the 2017 first-round receivers–Williams, Titans’ Corey Davis and Bengals’ John Ross–have really underperformed in their rookie seasons.

While it’s good to see Williams back out there, there’s no guarantee that he’ll be ready to play Sunday when the Chargers host the Washington Redskins. Plus, with Allen putting on a show and Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin starting to step up, the Chargers shouldn’t be in a rush to get Williams back.

However, they could use the big-bodied receiver in the red zone. Last week against the Browns, the Chargers settled for four field goals, including three inside the red zone (ball was on Cleveland’s 3-yard line, 4-yard line and 9-yard line). Overall, the Chargers rank 27th in red-zone scoring percentage (44.12 percent) this season. That needs to change if they want to make a deep playoff run.