The Detroit Lions have been grappling with a lot of gross injury news in the past few days, and the worst could center on a player who has been out with a concussion for a month.
Wide receiver Tyrell Williams has been paused with the brain injury since Week 1 and has made no rapid progress at all. With he’s now eligible to leave injured reserves, it doesn’t look like Williams will return, according to Dan Campbell.
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On Tuesday, October 12th, Campbell walked on 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit, admitting Williams’ return is unlikely to happen just yet. As he said on the program, as reported by Justin Rogers of the Detroit News, the return of Williams remains a long way off.
It has been over a month since Williams suffered the injury, so it is scary for the Lions and Williams not to see him return. The team will be without their top wideout Quintez Cephus, who has now lost to a collarbone injury, but the concern lies with Williams’ general health.
Concussions have been a hot topic in the NFL in recent years, so seeing a player offside with one for over a month is bad news. The hope is that Williams will take the time to recover and his schedule is simply different from others in terms of healing and does not indicate a more serious problem.
How did the injury come about? Williams was hit with a high shot in the first game of the year by Jaquiski Tartt, who was punished with a 15-yard foul for the game. Tartt is also likely to face a fine, especially given the injury Williams sustained as a direct result of the game.
On Monday, September 13th, Lions head coach Dan Campbell revealed to reporters, including Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, that Williams was now in a concussion. Since then he has been sidelined.
Williams couldn’t finish the game and was at the mercy of the league’s concussion log when it came to when he could go back to training. Of course, health is the first and foremost goal, personally and professionally, but it’s been a while since Williams was healthy.
Williams joined the NFL in 2015 as an undrafted free agent from Western Oregon for the Los Angeles Chargers. He stayed there for the first four seasons of his career before signing with the Las Vegas Raiders in 2019, a place he stayed for the last two seasons. In terms of production, Williams broke the odds of an undrafted free agent in the league, scoring 3,181 yards and 23 touchdowns. Injuries have occurred in his last two seasons, with a foot condition slowing his season in 2019 and a torn labrum playing a role in 2020. With that in mind, Williams may need to get more of a “proof” deal, which is exactly what the Lions gave him for this season.
Here’s a look at some of Williams’ biggest hits in the league:
For Williams in Detroit, health has always been the most important variable considering his path. The hope is that he will be fine and return when he feels better for the Lions.
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