Las Vegas Raiders’ wide receiver Tyrell Williams reportedly has a torn labrum in his shoulder.
After signing a four-year, $44 million contract in the 2019 offseason, many expected Williams to hold a key role in the offense. That was made doubly true following the departure of Antonio Brown leaving Williams as the No. 1 receiver on the team.
However, the former Los Angeles Chargers wideout struggled through injuries and disappointing play appearing in 14 games and finishing with just 42 catches for 651 yards and six touchdowns.
It wasn’t a disastrous season, but Williams clearly wasn’t himself. A foot injury hindered his performance throughout the year as the speedy deep threat wasn’t able to make the most of his big-play ability.
Going into 2020, however, things were supposed to be different.
Williams raved about being back to his old self in training camp and looked to rebound from an injury-riddled 2019 campaign with a healthier and more productive 2020 season.
Unfortunately, that likely won’t be the case now.
As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Williams reportedly has a torn labrum in his shoulder, but will attempt to play through the injury.
Rapoport insisted that Williams will rehab for a few weeks before returning in an attempt to play this season. If he opted to underdog surgery, the expected recovery time would be around 5-6 months meaning that he would miss the entire year.
This is his only chance of playing. Either way, he certainly won’t be at 100 percent.
The Raiders have the wide receiver depth to make up for Tyrell Williams’ injury.
This is obviously a huge blow to a Raiders’ receiving corps that seemed to be shaking up nicely. First-round pick Henry Ruggs has been impressing in training camp as has fellow rookie receiver, Bryan Edwards.
Unfortunately, with Williams’ latest injury, that position takes a significant hit.
There’s a good chance that even if Williams does play he won’t be ready to take the field for Week 1. We should have more on his status in the coming days, but things certainly don’t look promising.
Here’s to hoping that the rest of the Raiders’ receiving corps can pick up the slack.