Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams tore his labrum in his shoulder and while that may force some player out of action, Williams will try to play through the pain, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The veteran will go through several weeks of rehab as he prepares himself to play again.
Williams left the Chargers in free agency last offseason, signing a four-year, $44 million contract with the Raiders. He was supposed to be the franchise’s No. 2 option at the position with Antonio Brown leading the unit. Brown never committed to playing in the Silver & Black and found his release. Williams was forced to operate as the top guy and while a nagging foot injury hindered him nearly all season, he was never built to go against top cornerbacks.
Playing through a torn labrum isn’t going to be easy and it’s unlikely that he ever feels 100% during the 2020 season, as Cody Benjamin of CBS Sports explains. The injury often requires a recovery time of four-to-eight months and that’s assuming a surgical fix.
The Raiders brought in talent at the position through the draft this offseason, selecting speedy wideout Henry Ruggs III in the first-rounder and the uber-athletic Bryan Edwards in the third. The team also drafted hybrid QB/runner/receiver Lynn Bowden Jr. in the third, though all signs point toward the former Kentucky Wildcat being used as a threat out of the backfield.
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- Oddsmakers see the Raiders having the worse chance to make the playoffs in the AFC West, Marcus White of NBC Sports writes. Caesars has Las Vegas listed at +320 to make the postseason.