The L.A. Chargers have been hit with the injury bug again and they may be on the verge of losing another key player before training camp starts.
Rookie wide receiver Mike Williams could require back surgery that could endanger his rookie season. The 22-year-old wideout sustained the injury following the first practice of rookie minicamp and was diagnosed with a herniated disc shortly after. For a team with injury issues galore the last two seasons, this is crushing news. Now, the pressure will really be on Allen to get back on the field and perform this season.
Williams is now dealing with a herniated disk in his back, getting a second epidural recently in an effort to help his recovery.
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Williams was the seventh pick in the draft after catching 10 touchdowns and 84 passes for 1,171 yards last season at Clemson.
Injuries on the receiver front have been frequent for the Chargers, especially considering the amount of time that Keenan Allen has missed over the years.
Another source is optimistic that Williams will not need surgery and said Thursday afternoon, "He's been coming along pretty well". However, Williams missed all but one game of the 2015 season due to a broken neck. At the time, there were concerns that he'd miss the beginning of training camp. One source close to Schefter mentioned that the injury may have occurred at the Combine or pro day, and that Williams "did a good enough job masking it so that teams would not know and his draft stock would not be impacted".