Receiving the unfortunate news that the brand new Sofi Stadium would not house fans to start the season is bad enough for the Chargers as well as fans. However, 2020 just keeps finding a way to ruin anything it can get its hands on.
Monday also brought the disappointing news that wide receiver Mike Williams could miss the start of the season with a shoulder injury.
#Chargers WR Mike Williams, who left practice with his arm hanging, was diagnosed with a shoulder sprain and is considered week-to-week, source said. His collarbone is intact. At this point, his return to play timeline — and status for the opener — is not yet determined.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2020
Williams reportedly sprained his AC joint while diving for a pass during the team’s practice on Monday. The former Clemson product had another productive season last year compiling 49 (career-high) receptions for 1,001 yards (career-high) and 2 touchdowns. While his 2 touchdowns don’t come off as eye-opening, he averaged 20.4 yards per reception (league-high) proving he was a reliable threat.
His presence on the field would surely be missed, but the Chargers have some interesting options who are cable of helping hold down the fort until he is deemed ready to go. They can turn to Darius Jennings who has 28 games to his name but they could also turn to appealing rookies Joe Reed and K.J. Hill if need be. Reed has impressed Anthony Lynn and company with his many talents and potential use as a deep threat for Tyrod Taylor. Hill on the other hand has been raved about as a quality route runner who has great hands.
Whichever route the Chargers take, their hope is that it won’t be for long. LA will need all of its talents on the field this season as they aim to prove all projections wrong and reach the playoffs.