Mike Williams not expected to practice at training camp

AP

It looks like the Chargers won’t have their first-round pick on the field at training camp for the second straight year.

Unlike 2016 first-rounder Joey Bosa, wide receiver Mike Williams has a signed contract with the team but the back injury he suffered during rookie minicamp this spring is expected to keep him from practicing this summer. The Chargers made the announcement on Sunday, a day after Williams was placed on the physically unable to perform list and a couple of days after General Manager Tom Telesco confirmed that there are no plans for Williams to have surgery.

The team said Williams will focus on rehab and strengthening his back while the rest of the team is going through their workouts on the field.

Williams’ absence from the field won’t do him any favors when it comes to making a quick transition to the NFL and there’s a chance that he’ll remain on the PUP list into the regular season. That would mean he’d miss at least the first six weeks of the season, although it will likely be some time before there’s any determination on that front as the team gauges Williams’ progress in rehab.

10 responses to “Mike Williams not expected to practice at training camp

  1. I remember when they said they were holding him out of mini camp so he’d definitely be ready for training camp. Sign Vincent Jackson and keep 5 receivers so if Williams does recover they can just add him to the group and cut from somewhere else on the roster.

  2. When you have a good QB, why waste a high draft pick on a WR especially one with injury history? I’m sure Rivers could be productive with a late round WR. The Chargers front office is clueless.

  3. Telesco is always politically correct until it backfires on him. Didn’t he just give us good news on Mike Williams? Telesco is “the politician.” This rediculous PR effort by the Chargers designed to do anything, including fake news to hype the organization and gain some fans is laughable. They just added a new VP of public relations and some events building person and what have they done. 1. Hired Tomlinson to be a face for the franchise. Dud. 2. A Run Around Carson where 1 player showed up. Dud. 3. Sponsoring Venice Gay Pride Days a Dud. 4. Sponsoring a “North-South” high school game in Costa Mesa which nobody cares about. Dud. 5. Wrongly adopting the slogan “Fight For L.A.” using the L.A. Dodgers logo type which they promptly changed after a call from the Dodger organization. Dud. The slogan is phony and trite and a dud. 6. The effort to “sell” so-called fans on “an intimate football experience” at the Carson soccer field which is another dud. This pack-up-and-move is unraveling. They must win to keep Spanos’s pipe dream in L-a-L-a-Land alive.

  4. Is there a good chance that his herniated disc can be fixed as well as surgery could fix it, and then that he can contribute meaningfully before the end of the 2017 season? If the answer is no, why bother with this process? If he’s hurt at rookie mini camp and can’t make it through the first day of TC, he’ll never survive his first in-game tackle. Get him into surgery now, get him a full year to heal and to learn the offense. A broken rookie is useless.

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