Bengals expect Jonah Williams to miss season

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The Bengals are expected to lose their first-round draft pick for the entire 2019 season.

Cincinnati announced today that rookie left tackle Jonah Williams had shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum and is likely to miss the year. He was injured during a practice this month.

“We look forward to Jonah being a major contributor in the future, and know that he won’t let this injury deter him from still being an important part of this team,” Bengals head coach Zac Taylor said. “We’re confident in our offensive line personnel as we head into training camp, and we believe they can do their part in helping this team achieve its goals.”

Williams was an All-American at Alabama last season and the Bengals took him with the 11th overall pick in the draft. Cincinnati was expecting Williams to be a starter from Day One, but now that will wait until Day One of the 2020 season.

36 responses to “Bengals expect Jonah Williams to miss season

  1. That’s really awful but at least it happened now and not during training camp or Week 1 of the regular season. He’ll have more time to recover and participate in offseason activities and the team can come up with an alternative plan rather than counting on him and then scrambling.

  2. Praying for the young man to have a quick recovery, on the plus side since the Bengals will be competing for the #1 pick this season this will probably help them in the long run.

  3. So now we have the 2018 offensive line protecting Andy Dalton. I guess it’ll be easier to compare coaches if they’re both forced to play the same trash.

  4. And with the first pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select…

  5. I seriously think sometimes that this teams headquarters must be built on a cursed Indian burial ground or something

  6. I feel for the rookie, he has to be bummed. That’s bad news for a team I pegged at 5-11. I’m guessing they will be in the running for the overall #1 pick next year.

  7. I don’t care who the player is; I don’t care what team he plays for… I hate seeing a player go down for the year before the season begins.

    (Not that I ever want to see a player go down)

  8. ‘I seriously think sometimes that this teams headquarters must be built on a cursed Indian burial ground or something”

    No so, that would be the Washington Redskins.

  9. That’s the problem with Pro Football – you follow a team but the winners are often determined by how many players are left standing.

  10. “So now we have the 2018 offensive line protecting Andy Dalton. I guess it’ll be easier to compare coaches if they’re both forced to play the same trash.”

    Feel bad for the player and Bengals fans. But its not like the Red BB Gun is the answer. He melts away in big games and can’t deliver in the playoffs.

  11. This is starting to get ridiculous. Here are the Bengals 1st round picks and their injuries:

    2019 Jonah Williams- injured before season, out for season
    2018 Billy Price- injured beginning of season, out 6 games
    2017 John Ross- injured before season and throughout year, ended on IR
    2016 William Jackson- injured before season, out for season
    2015 Cedric Ogbuehi- injured before season, missed majority of the season

    It’s basically just become expected that our 1sr round pick wont play until year 2.

  12. webster8723 says: 18 game season what a great idea!!!… NOT
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    Pats manage 18 or 19 every year. And do it very well. But then in an 18 game season they would have to play 20 or 21 every year!

  13. streetyson says:
    June 25, 2019 at 5:05 pm

    webster8723 says: 18 game season what a great idea!!!… NOT
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    Pats manage 18 or 19 every year. And do it very well. But then in an 18 game season they would have to play 20 or 21 every year!
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    Thanks, Capn. Obvious. Quality analysis.

  14. That is absolutely terrible for Wiliams and the knee. Jonah was the best RT coming out in the 2019 draft a few months back, I really wanted AZ to look into drafting him before they went out & Traded for one of the best pass protecting tackles in the NFL in Marcus Gilbert, which looking bad i’m kinda glad AZ didn’t draft Williams or they like the Bengals would be in a real tough spot right now. Losing Williams to injury will really hurt that line and will set Jonah back a few year. Talk about a tough break, as bad as the Bengals OL has been the last few years the last guy they’d wanna lose is their 1sr round RT drafted to address the line problems, that’s a bitter pill to swallow.

  15. The Dolphins suddenly have competition for Tua. The Dec 22nd Bengals-Dolphins game is going to be huge!

  16. The most promising offensive lineman in the draft. If you look back, there’s no mentions of any shoulder injuries from around or before the draft. Torn labrums don’t just magically appear out of nowhere folks, how’d the media miss this one?

  17. hawkkiller says:
    June 25, 2019 at 5:34 pm
    That is absolutely terrible for Wiliams and the knee.

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    Hey Doctor, last I checked the labrum is attached to the shoulder. And by the way, before you anoint Marcus Gilbert as the 2nd coming… he miseed 11 games last year due to a knee injury, was injured much of 2017 and missed four games due to violating the league drug policy. Steelers basically gave him away for a 6th round pick. He’s average if and when he gets healthy. Pump the brakes bud…

  18. ehsguy72 says:
    June 25, 2019 at 6:40 pm
    hawkkiller says:
    June 25, 2019 at 5:34 pm
    That is absolutely terrible for Wiliams and the knee.

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    Hey Doctor, last I checked the labrum is attached to the shoulder. And by the way, before you anoint Marcus Gilbert as the 2nd coming… he miseed 11 games last year due to a knee injury, was injured much of 2017 and missed four games due to violating the league drug policy. Steelers basically gave him away for a 6th round pick. He’s average if and when he gets healthy. Pump the brakes bud…
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    It was a typo , and you might want to check your medical facts a little closer because you also have a Labrum in your upper leg located in your hip joint Genius.

    As for Marcus Gilbert you have to be a special kind of ignorant to say he is an average RT healthy. Fully healthy Marcus Gilbert is one of the best RT’s in the NFL and has been for a while now. Gilbert has a career pass blocking efficiency of 98.5 , one of the 3 highest in the league over the last 5 years and just as good in the run game and AZ is paying him practically nothing paying a guy w/ top 5 RT upside just $5.9M this season. 2017 his 97.8 PBE was tied for 3rdhighest in the NFL and he allowed a pressure just once every 19 pass blocking snaps allowing just 1 sack/1 hurry across 167 pass blocking snaps ranking as 1 of only 7 OT’s to post PFF grades of 80+ in both pass & run blocking in 2017, as the highest graded player on PIT’s elite OL from 2014-2018 via PFF playing over a 1,000 snaps a season until he ran into issues last year. If that’s average to you then you don’t understand the meaning of the word.
    Gilbert has spent the last year working on his body and his body is in the best shape it’s been in for a quick minute, Gilbert is back to 100% going to in Mini Camp have got himself in the best shape of his professional career going into 2019 having spent a ton of time strengthening both his legs and core going into 2019. So long as Marcus Gilbert is one the field he gives Arizona top 5 caliber RT play all day long, healthy their definitely is not 5 RT’s in the NFL better than Gilbert.

  19. Joe Mixon’s fantasy value takes a bit hit with this news. Tough break for the kid and Cincy fans.

  20. Terrible news for a terrific football player. He’ll still be able to contribute a lot to the Bengals – in the meeting rooms. Jonah Williams is one of the truly bright minds in football. Roll Tide!

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