COSTA MESA, Calif. — Mike Williams should play on Saturday in Jacksonville is the indication that Chargers coach Brandon Staley received.
Williams was injured in the second quarter of the 31-28 loss to the Denver Broncos. According to numerous reports, Williams needed assistance from team employees to make it on the team bus.
During Monday’s press conference, Staley said that an MRI revealed no fracture to Williams’ back but instead a contusion.
“You will see him back at practice at some point this week,” Staley said.
Williams missed four games earlier this season with an ankle injury. Since he has returned along with Keenan Allen, the offense has improved.
The former Clemson Tiger is able to not only stretch the field but is using the route running tree to his advantage. He had 63 receptions for 895 yards and four touchdowns this season.
If Williams can play at his normal speed on Saturday, it will be a huge help for this offense facing a tough Jaguars defense.
Edge rusher Joey Bosa left Sunday’s game right before halftime. After what happened to Williams, it was thought that Bosa had an injury or a re-aggravation, but according to Staley, that isn’t the case.
“We felt like he got enough snaps, both run game and pass game, and playing in altitude,” Staley said. “We felt like he got a good day’s work and was able to take another step toward building for this week.”
They were happy with his progress in the game. Bosa had a sack on Russell Wilson, plus a quarterback hit and a couple of pressures. The Chargers want their duo of Bosa and Khalil Mack to be ready for the Jaguars’ offense.
The Chargers also had linebacker Kenneth Murray exit the game early with what Staley called a stinger after the game.
“You will see him back at practice this week,” Staley said.
Slot cornerback Bryce Callahan didn’t play on Sunday against the Broncos even though he didn’t have an injury designation. Staley wanted to give him a rest to nurse some things that have given him trouble the last few weeks.
Lastly, the other big question is whether pro bowl left tackle Rashawn Slater will return after tearing his bicep against the Jaguars in week three.
“He is making progress,” Staley said. “I am proud of the way he has come back and worked hard to give himself a chance to play.”