Jack Wang of the LA Daily News & OC Register reported today that the Los Angeles Chargers’ first round pick, wide receiver Mike Williams will miss the final two weeks of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) with a mild disc herniation in his lower back. Via Twitter:
Chargers rookie WR Mike Williams has a mild disc herniation in his lower back. Out another two weeks. Will continue non-surgical treatment.— Jack Wang (@thejackwang) June 6, 2017
Some will wonder why Williams is continuing with non-surgical treatment when the eventual outcome could still require surgery and the answer is probably as simple as the fact that you want to avoid back surgery at just about any cost. The real concern here has to be the Chargers’ process that resulted in them drafting a player who may very well be damaged goods with the seventh overall pick in the NFL Draft. The Chargers worked Williams out a week prior to the draft and apparently did not detect any issues with the young wideout at that time.
Back problems are incredibly tricky and very easy to reaggravate. Williams is young and an excellent athlete, though, so he could very well come out the other side of this healthy, but this should leave Chargers fans feeling a little nervous.
What do you think? Will Williams be ready for the beginning of training camp or will this drag on?