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Chargers WR Mike Williams avoids ACL injury after being carted to locker room in Dallas

By in Press Enterprise on November 25, 2017

By Jack Wang

Mike Williams has avoided the worst. But after injuring his right knee on Thanksgiving, it’s unclear when the Chargers’ first-round pick might return to the field.

Coach Anthony Lynn said Friday that Williams did not injure his anterior cruciate ligament during the Chargers’ 28-6 win against the Cowboys — adding that team doctors were still evaluating the 6-foot-4 receiver. The former Clemson star has only played 116 snaps on offense this season, and was seen with crutches and a knee brace after being carted from the sideline to the locker room Thursday night.

Lynn was uncertain whether or not Williams sustained damage to any other knee ligaments, but sounded optimistic about about the rookie’s condition.

“ACL, that’s been ruled out, which was very good news to me,” Lynn said. “I think we can deal with the rest, and a lot of it may depend on pain tolerance as well.”

Although Williams appears to have escaped a season-ending tear, the news is still poorly timed given his recent improvement. Drafted No. 7 overall this past spring, Williams had already missed most of the offseason and five games with a herniated disc in his lower back. Since debuting in Oakland on Oct. 15, he has caught just nine passes for 84 yards, and is still looking for his first touchdown.

In last Sunday’s blowout win against the Bills, Williams set career highs with five receptions for 38 yards — but couldn’t hold on to a potential scoring pass from Philip Rivers in the first quarter. The two have been trying to build a connection in recent weeks, a process that could be further slowed if the receiver sits out more games.

“There’s nothing like game reps,” Rivers said earlier this week. “The trust can jump in bigger increments when you have game reps.”

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