RUMOR: Chargers rookie WR Mike Williams could miss 2017 season

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Lake Marion product Mike Williams, who was the seventh overall player in the NFL Draft by the Chargers, may need season-ending back surgery, that accoding to ESPN's Adam Schefter. "'This may be a lot more serious than people thought, ' said one source familiar with the injury".

The Chargers were decimated by injuries past year. "The team still is hoping that Williams will respond positively to the second epidural, but also knows there's a real chance he will not and his rookie year will be over before it begins".

Back injuries are never a simple matter.

According to Schefter, Williams recently had a second epidural injection described as a "last-ditch effort" to get ready to go at some point in training camp.

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Williams was diagnosed with a herniated disc following his first practice of the rookie minicamp in May and did not practice again.

However, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported surgery was considered three to four weeks ago but isn't on the table now, adding Williams is "improving".

Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams didn't take as long to sign as defensive end Joey Bosa did a year ago, but the wide receiver may not have a chance to make the same kind of impact that Bosa did when he finally agreed to a contract. The team may have, at least in part, chosen to draft Williams based off of Allen's recent injury history. It was, however, a few weeks ago. Keenan Allen is talented, but has dealt with his own injury problems. It was Williams who actually led the Chargers in receiving previous year.

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