Chargers lose fifth-round corner Steve Williams for season


The Chargers suffered yet another injury to a member of their receiving corps when Eddie Royal went down at practice on Saturday, but that’s not the only spot on the field where they’re dealing with aches and pains.

Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego reports that rookie cornerback Steve Williams will miss the entire season after tearing his pectoral muscle in Thursday night’s game. Williams was the team’s fifth-round pick in April after posting an impressive combine performance following the end of his career at Cal.

Williams was one of the team’s top four cornerbacks and spent time working both inside and outside in the San Diego defense. There’s not much in the way of experienced or intriguing options behind him on the depth chart as Greg Gatson, Marcus Cromartie and William Middleton are all undrafted free agents who have played two NFL games between them.

With Derek Cox, Shareece Wright and Johnny Patrick looking like the top three corners for the Chargers, things were pretty thin to begin with at the position. Williams’ loss could lead the Chargers to keep an eye on corners who lose jobs elsewhere in the coming weeks.