Published: Thu, July 20, 2017
Sport | By Noel Norman

Conflicting Reports Surround Mike Williams' Need for Season-Ending Back Surgery

Conflicting Reports Surround Mike Williams' Need for Season-Ending Back Surgery

The Los Angeles Chargers can't seem to shake the injury bug.

This would be troubling news for any team, but the Chargers have dealt with one injury after another in recent years, crippling their chances of success.

Mike Williams might not see the field for the Chargers until 2018.

"This may be a lot more serious than people thought", a source told Schefter.

Williams was diagnosed with a herniated disk after his first practice during rookie minicamp and did not practice again. But back issues have plagued him ever since draft day. Although the Chargers initially believed Williams would be ready for the start of training camp, the team is "preparing as if he won't be ready at that time". It could also be an opportunity for the likes of Dontrelle Inman and Travis Benjamin to carve out more prominent roles in the receiver pecking order behind Keenan Allen and Tyrell Williams.

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The Chargers selected Williams out of Clemson with the seventh overall pick in the 2017 National Football League draft. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport added that two sources told him surgery is not on the table right now because of Williams' response to the treatment.

Williams had missed nearly all of the previous season after breaking his neck in a game against Wofford.

It's hard to say what led to Williams' back injury, but if this does lead to season-ending surgery and you combine that with the fractured neck he suffered in 2015, there would be a slew of questions surrounding his playing status going forward.

The Chargers open training camp July 30 in Costa Mesa.

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