COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Chargers suffered a big blow on Monday after it was reported that receiver Mike Williams had torn ACL according to Ian Rapoport.
It happened during the last two minutes of the third quarter when Williams took a screen pass and didn’t get up once he was tackled. He needed to be helped off by trainers.
Williams was having a big game in Minnesota with seven catches for 121 yards and one touchdown.
The Chargers offense will now look to first-round pick Quentin Johnston and Joshua Palmer to step up in Williams’ absence.
In the first three weeks, Johnston has been brought up slowly, with only playing in 22% of the snaps. He will now be thrown into the fire.
During training camp, he did have some drops but also made some spectacular plays.
As for Palmer, he will most likely start opposite of Keenan Allen. Palmer had a solid 2022 season and has gotten off to a slow start in 2023, but he picked it up on Sunday.
Palmer had four receptions for 66 yards and a great touchdown reception that went through the cornerbacks hands into his.
Justin Herbert and Palmer are going into their third season together, so there is chemistry.
This is a terrible break for the Chargers but it is the next man up but in this case the next two men up.
Head coach Brandon Staley will speak to the media at 3:30 pm PT.