Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams might need back surgery

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 20, 2017

Williams is now dealing with a herniated disk in his back, getting a second epidural recently in an effort to help his recovery.

Williams apparently injured himself during his first practice with the team during rookie minicamp and hasn't played football since. At the time, there were concerns that he'd miss the beginning of training camp.

The Chargers' overall value increased 36 percent over a year ago. NFL Media later reported surgery is not imminent and Williams will begin the season on the physically unable to perform list with the hope that a second epidural will help his back heal.

If he does miss his rookie year, that will put more pressure on third-year receiver Tyrell Williams to again produce after catching 69 passes for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns last season. Interestingly, Schefter adds that some within the Chargers organization think there's a chance suffered the injury before the draft and hid it to avoid falling in the NFL Draft.

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.

Per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, back surgery was on the table for Williams three or four weeks ago.

There's also the issue of the origin of Williams' back issues.

The Chargers remain uncertain about when Williams initially injured his back, but one source said it's possible it was injured at the combine and during his pro day, but he did a good enough job masking it so that teams would not know and his draft stock would not be affected.

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