Mike Williams Injury Updates

Chargers WR Mike Williams is not expected to play against the Bengals today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Williams put in limited practice this week with his shoulder injury and enters the day questionable. But you should look elsewhere at WR. We'll confirm his status when the late-game inactives come out.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn says that WR Mike Williams will likely be a game-time decision for Sunday's opener at Cincinnati, according to Joe Reedy of The Associated Press. That shouldn't be a big issue to fantasy owners, who have been taking Williams mostly in the double-digit rounds. We'll certainly track the status of his shoulder injury right up to game time Sunday, but you should probably plan on not using Williams. He missed a fair amount of camp time in an offense with a new QB and an OC with a half-season of experience. We like Williams' upside for the season, but you can probably find safer bets for Week 1 without sacrificing upside.

Chargers OC Shane Steichen voiced optimism Thursday that WR Mike Williams could be ready for Week 1. "Mike's gotta be ready to play," Steichen said, per Gilbert Manzano of the Orange County Register. "I think Mike has got that mindset to be ready to play. We look forward to having him on September 13." Of course, Williams' availability will still depend on whether his shoulder is actually ready for game action. We'll see about that as teams switch over to game-week injury reports. Even if he doesn't make it back for the opener, though, this is encouraging for Williams' early-season fantasy outlook.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn admitted that WR Mike Williams' status for the start of the season is uncertain. Williams will be "out for a while" with his shoulder injury, Lynn added. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero adds that Williams is expected to miss 2-4 weeks. The Chargers' opener is 19 days away. We've knocked a game off of Williams' projections, nudging him down a handful of spots in the WR rankings.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen (hamstring) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Bears. He didn't practice on Thursday or Friday after not being on the injury report at all on Wednesday. Allen appears to be in real danger of missing Sunday's game. We'll look for updates on his availability throughout the weekend and will get his official game status by noon ET on Sunday. Allen's absence would leave Mike Williams as Los Angeles' clear #1 WR and would also likely push more targets toward TE Hunter Henry and RBs Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler.

Chargers WRs Mike Williams (back) is out for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. We haven’t heard any details on the back injury or how much longer Williams will be sidelined. WR Travis Benjamin (hip) is listed as doubtful for Week 4, so it looks like Dontrelle Inman will operate as Los Angeles’ #2 WR on Sunday. The juicy matchup makes him a WR4 or flex consideration.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (back) didn't practice on Wednesday. We don't have any details on the injury and don't yet know whether Williams' Week 4 status is in doubt. He has a pristine matchup against the Dolphins on Sunday. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (knee) did not practice on Wednesday. We still don't have any details on the injury he sustained in last weekend's opener, but HC Anthony Lynn admitted that he's "absolutely" concerned about Williams' availability for Sunday's game against the Lions. His absence would leave Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman behind Keenan Allen on the WR depth chart.

Chargers WR Tyrell Williams (groin) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Steelers. He was active with this injury last week but played just 9 snaps. He can’t be trusted in Week 13 fantasy lineups. WR Mike Williams should play an expanded role again on Sunday night.

Chargers WR Mike Williams (groin) will play against the Broncos this weekend. He was added to the injury report and limited on Thursday — but then put in a full practice on Friday. Williams has played less than 50% of the offensive snaps in 2 straight games, though, so he can’t be trusted in fantasy lineups.

Chargers WR Keenan Allen missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday. He's now listed on the injury report with a knee and a tooth. We'll get another update on Allen's status tomorrow, but it looks like he's in legitimate danger of missing Sunday's game against the 49ers. That'd mean big boosts for WRs Mike and Tyrell Williams.

Chargers WR Travis Benjamin has missed the first 2 practices of the week with a right foot injury. He was in a walking boot on Wednesday. Benjamin played 57% of the offensive snaps and saw 5 targets last week, so his absence would be significant -- and a boost to WRs Tyrell and Mike Williams.

Chargers WR Mike Williams suffered a bone bruise on his knee in Thursday's win over the Cowboys, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The rookie will miss Week 13 and is considered "week-to-week" beyond that. Williams' role had been slowly growing, but this injury kills any chance he had of being a fantasy factor this season. He can be dropped from redraft rosters.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that the Chargers will be activating rookie WR Mike Williams from the PUP and adding him to the 53-man roster. That's a surprising move after Williams spent the summer dealing with a back injury. He seemed a strong candidate to open the regular season on the PUP. This decision signals that Chargers coaches expect the 1st-round pick to be ready to contribute within the season's 1st quarter. We'd still be wary of expecting any fantasy value from Williams, but the added pass-catching talent can only help Philip Rivers.

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn conceded Sunday that rookie WR Mike Williams "could be" out for the season with his back injury, according to the Los Angeles Times. The team had previously announced that Williams wouldn't practice at all during training camp, and it's clear that everyone involved is waiting with crossed fingers to see how the situation plays out. Don't bother with him in your redraft fantasy football league. Chargers WR Tyrell Williams looks like a solid value with plenty of upside at his current WR42 ADP in MyFantasyLeague.com public drafts. We'll see if his ADP climbs with Mike Williams out.

The Chargers announced that WR Mike Williams will miss the final 2 weeks of the offseason program with "a mild disc herniation in his lower back." He suffered the injury on the 1st day of rookie minicamp. It's unclear whether Williams is in danger of missing the start of training camp next month. Either way, it's not an ideal start for the rookie, especially considering San Diego's deep pass-catching corps.

Chargers WR Mike Williams has been sidelined for nearly 2 weeks with a back injury. He went down on the 1st day of rookie minicamp with what ESPN's Eric Williams describes as "tightness." There's no indication that the issue is at all related to the fractured vertebrae that ended Williams' 2015 season. Still, the missed practice time is a concern. "I'd like to see him out there next week because he's getting behind right now, and we've got to get him back out on the field," HC Anthony Lynn said. "If he wasn't a rookie it would be different. But he has so much to learn, and some of this you can only learn on the field." We'll see when Williams is able to get back out there.

The Chargers selected Clemson WR Mike Williams with the 7th overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He joins a loaded offense that also includes Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Henry and Antonio Gates. A scary neck injury cost Williams almost the entire 2015 campaign. But he turned in a strong 57-1,030-6 line as a sophomore and then exploded for 98 catches, 1,361 yards and 11 TDs this past year. Williams is a mediocre athlete who doesn’t create much separation at the top of his routes, but strong body control and hands make him dominant in contested situations. The question is whether those skills will translate to the next level against stronger DBs. Los Angeles isn’t an ideal landing spot, with loads of target competition in the short term and a QB question long term (Philip Rivers is 35).


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