Lions WR Jameson Williams Is On The PUP List
After suffering a torn ACL in the College Football Playoff National Championship game, Lions WR Jameson Williams is expected to miss the rest of the season. His surgery was performed on Jan. 10 and he is expected to miss six to nine months. The Lions will likely place him on their PUP list.
Jameson Williams suffered a torn ACL in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game
Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during the National Championship Game. The injury occurred during the second quarter of the game against Georgia and forced Williams to leave the game. He was examined by trainers at the sideline and eventually walked to the locker room. The injury was not serious enough to require surgery, so he will be able to play again. However, the impact of Williams’ injury could affect his future NFL career.
Although Williams has been out of action since the game, the injury has ignited a debate about the future of turf fields. After the game, Georgia HC Kirby Smart questioned Saban about the decision to have Jameson Williams miss the game. Williams had been preparing for another big performance, as he had seven catches for 184 yards in the SEC Championship Game. He had four catches for 65 yards against Georgia in Round II, before suffering the injury.
He had surgery on Jan. 10
Although Alabama did not provide an official update on the status of Williams’ recovery, the player has said repeatedly that he had surgery shortly after the championship game. He says he no longer needs crutches or braces, and that he’s been able to get “good movement.” He is now “shooting” for a return to football activity by the start of NFL training camp. If all goes well, he’ll likely play in the 2022 season.
Though the impact of Williams’ injury is uncertain, his injury has already led to a lengthy recovery period. His ACL injury will take at least nine months to heal. The team that drafts Williams will have to consider the risk/reward scenario. But if he’s able to return to playing, they’ll be able to land a bonafide wide receiver.
He’s expected to miss six to nine months of the season
According to Will Ragatz of InsideTheVikings.com, Williams is expected to miss six to nine months of the season, but he hopes to return in time for training camp. He suffered the injury in a deep route in the middle of the field. Fortunately, Williams has an excellent recovery rate and is expected to be back in action by training camp.
A knee injury can be a big red flag for a player who has a high draft grade. Although the Lions are not expected to rush Williams back to full strength right away, the injury could force them to trade up to a later round. That could cost Williams a top pick.
He’ll likely be on the Lions’ PUP list
Another Lions wide receiver is on the PUP list, as WR Jameson Williams is on the IR with an injured knee. Williams suffered an ACL tear in January and is expected to miss at least the first two weeks of the season. He won’t be a factor until the second half of the season.
The injury Williams suffered at Alabama has left him on the NFI and PUP lists, likely keeping him out for a significant portion of his rookie season. The Lions’ offensive coordinator Ben Johnson explained to reporters that Williams’ injury is more than just a physical one.