Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Mike Williams is set to take part in some parts of practice on Friday, according to Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times. Williams has been out since May with a herniated disc in his lower back.
Williams, who played his collegiate football at Clemson University, was selected by the Chargers with the seventh overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft back in April.
The 22-year-old was expected to be a big part of Los Angeles’ aerial attack this season, but the back injury slowed him down back in the spring. He had a terrific final season at Clemson, catching 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns last year. The 2016 campaign served as Williams’ junior campaign with the Tigers, as he fractured a bone in his neck after colliding with the goal post during the first game of what would have been his junior year in 2015.
In the year prior to the freak injury, Williams had hauled in 57 receptions for 1,030 yards, good for an incredible average of 18.1 yards per catch. In addition, he reached the end zone six times. Williams initially snared 20 balls for 316 yards and three scores during his freshman season.
The Vance, South Carolina native will join an already solid Chargers receiving corps that includes the likes of Keenan Allen, Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin, not to mention tight end Antonio Gates. In the absence of the firs-year pass catcher, Los Angeles dropped its first game of the season to the rival Denver Broncos by a score of 24-21 on Monday evening.
The Chargers will host the Miami Dolphins this Sunday.