Mike Williams will be out 2-3 weeks with a fracture in his back, sources say
Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams has a small, non-surgical fracture in his back that is expected to sideline him for two to three weeks, sources told ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry on Friday.
Barring a Super Bowl run, Williams’ season is likely over.
Williams was demoted to out for Saturday’s wild-card playoff game with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Chargers said Williams would remain in Los Angeles for further treatment.
The sixth-year receiver hadn’t practiced all week after injuring himself in the regular-season finals against the Denver Broncos. An initial X-ray was negative, and an initial MRI also appeared negative. However, Williams did not progress as expected with the initial diagnosis of a back contusion, which led to an additional MRI and the diagnosis of the fracture.
Williams, a 2017 first-round draft pick, has caught 63 passes this season for a team-high 895 yards and four touchdowns. He missed four games with a high ankle sprain and appeared in just four full games with Keenan Allen in 2022. The Chargers were 4-0 in those contests.
The fifth-seeded Chargers (10-7) are making their first playoff appearance since 2018.