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What Mike Williams’ Injury Could Mean for the Chargers

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During Sunday’s training camp, Chargers star wide receiver Mike Williams suffered a shoulder injury.

The injury was diagnosed as a shoulder strain, leaving Mike at a “week to week” status. Head Coach Anthony Lynn stated that Williams will be out “for a while”.

When asked if he can suit up for the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, Lynn said:

“I would certainly hope so.”

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Although this minor setback can be discouraging for Chargers fans who know all too well about injuries, there are a few positives. First and foremost, this could be worse. We have seen Mike suffer worse injuries, such as his former back problems, but if this were a broken collarbone we would be looking at him missing more than just a couple weeks.

Also, this will give an opportunity for guys like K.J Hill, Joe Reed, and Jalen Guyton to get some key reps against a weaker defensive backfield in the Bengals. Chargers fans are going to be eager to see who will step up and claim that third receiver spot that is clearly still up for grabs.

There is no doubt that Tyrod Taylor will be missing Mike Williams in the opener if he can’t suit up, but he will still have key targets like Keenan Allen, Hunter Henry, and Austin Ekeler to depend on. Ultimately, what will really determine who wins that game is our defense. We are going up against a Bengals team who was not very competitive last season, and a rookie quarterback who has yet to play a down in the NFL.

Although this is the NFL and we should not sleep on any team, our defense is too star-studded to have any excuse to not execute come week 1.
As long as they are able to swarm Joe Burrow in his NFL debut, we will be just fine.

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