The receiver was placed on the physically unable to perform list Saturday and could reportedly require season-ending surgery, though the team is hopeful he can recover via rehab. Williams has received two epidurals this offseason to help deal with the pain.
The 22-year-old was the seventh overall pick in the 2017 draft and was expected to give the Chargers major red-zone help in the passing game. Having missed all of OTAs after suffering a herniated disk on the first day of minicamp, an extended training camp absence will undoubtedly impact how much Williams plays as a rookie once he’s healthy enough to get on the field.
The Chargers also had first-rounder Joey Bosa miss most of training camp due to a contract holdout last year, but he got up to speed fast enough to eventually win Defensive Rookie of the Year.
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