Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Tyrell Williams’ first season with the team was filled with ups and downs as he started off the season well but then was hampered by plantar fasciitis in both of his feet.
Obviously a wide receiver needs his feet at full health to be successful, so Williams spent all offseason rehabbing and finally got to 100 percent just before reporting to training camp.
The Raiders added some-much needed weapons this offseason like Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards, Lynn Bowden Jr., Nelson Agholor and Jason Witten, so there won’t be as much pressure on Williams in 2020 to be the No. 1 target for Derek Carr.
The season hasn’t started yet though and it appears Williams is already dealing with another injury as Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that he will attempt to play through a torn labrum:
#Raiders WR Tyrell Williams has a torn labrum in his shoulder, sources say. He’s going to try to play through it after rehabbing for a few weeks. A tough task, but the big-play WR will attempt it.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 24, 2020
The timing of the injury is obviously not ideal for the Raiders as they get set for Week 1 with hopes of reaching the postseason in 2020 for the first time in four years.
In 14 games last season, Williams had 42 catches for 651 yards and six touchdowns. He is the biggest wide receiver the Raiders have to offer, giving them a vertical threat that also can play with some physicality.
He will eventually have to undergo surgery to repair the torn labrum, although it looks like he will attempt to push that off until the offseason with hopes of playing in 2020.
How much the injured shoulder will affect Williams this season remains to be seen, but it’s safe to assume that he will be playing with a great deal of pain