Chargers' Williams could miss season

CLEMSON SC – NOVEMBER 12 Mike Williams

CLEMSON SC – NOVEMBER 12 Mike Williams

The Los Angeles Chargers were riddled with injuries a year ago and another key player might not even make it to the preseason.

Williams might need season-ending back surgery to fix a herniated disk suffered during his first rookie minicamp practice, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "'This may be a lot more serious than people thought, ' said one source familiar with the injury".

How Williams injured his back in the first place is still unclear for the Chargers, however, one team source told Schefter it could have happened at the combine or during the former Clemson Tigers' Pro Day. For a team with injury issues galore the last two seasons, this is crushing news.

The Chargers hoped Williams' back could be treated without surgery.

On Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com noted the Chargers remain hopeful a second epidural on a herniated disk will help rectify the problem and allow Williams to return during training camp.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that Williams will start the year on the PUP list.

Williams had missed nearly all of the previous season after breaking his neck in a game against Wofford.

This will be something to keep an eye on heading into training camp to see if the chargers can hold it together. The Chargers can't catch a break at the receiver position as they lost Keenan Allen last season to an ACL injury. Williams was a star for the Clemson Tigers during their championship run past year, hauling in 98 passes for 1.361 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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