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LA Chargers: Who does and doesn’t benefit from Mike Williams’ injury

CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a 19-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 18: Mike Williams #81 of the Los Angeles Chargers on the sidelines during a 19-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park on August 18, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Mike Williams of the LA Chargers (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)
Mike Williams of the LA Chargers (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images)

There is a silver lining to Mike Williams’ injury for the LA Chargers.

The LA Chargers‘ training camp is completely underway and the team had its first real injury scare over the weekend. Star wide receiver Mike Williams landed awkwardly on his shoulder and wound up spraining his AC joint.

The good news is that this is not a serious injury for Williams. Sprains typically do not take that long to heal and with the Chargers’ first game being exactly three weeks away at the time of the injury, Williams is expected to play.

If he does not play in Week 1 the absolute maximum that he would miss is two games and even that is extremely unlikely.

With this being a not-so-serious injury, we can comfortably take a glass-half-full approach and look at the silver linings of his injury. Williams being out will open the door for other receivers and will allow the Chargers to make some decisions about how the receiving corps will shape up.

It is not as simple as every receiver under Williams in the depth chart benefiting from the increased looks. Certain receivers will absolutely benefit, some players will not benefit (or even be hurt).

Let’s start with the beneficiaries.

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