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LA Chargers: Five takeaways from Hard Knocks episode 4

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2. Mike Williams’ shoulder injury

Rarely do we get to see real practice footage of players getting hurt, but Hard Knocks is a different beast. Williams had an awesome practice and was being raved about by Phil McGeoghan before he landed awkwardly on his shoulder trying to catch a pass.

The trainers ran over to see what condition Williams was in. Lynn asked the trainer if it was an AC joint sprain and one of the trainers nodded.

When the injury was first reported on, I thought the idea of Williams possibly missing a month seemed like a prolonged absence for a shoulder sprain. On Hard Knocks though, you certainly see that it was a hard fall directly on his shoulder. For further clarification, though, the Week 1 injury report will be needed to evaluate just how bad the injury was for Williams.

One of the things that will be important for Williams in 2020 and beyond is improving his route running ability. Supposedly, he worked on that a lot this offseason. Gaining more separation is key to not only getting open for a pass, but also to prevent injury and contact once the reception is made. Williams’ history of playing while banged up, especially in 2019, is well known.

Hopefully, Williams recovers soon and gets to show us what he worked on in the offseason in live game situations.