Las Vegas Raiders’ receiving core suffered a tough blow less than two weeks before the season opener against the Carolina Panthers. According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Raiders’ promising wideout Tyrell Williams landed on injured reserve with a season-ending designation and won’t play in 2020.
Williams suffered a shoulder injury earlier in the training camp, but the Raiders were optimistic that they will manage to get him on the field in time for Week 1. However, the injury turned out to be more severe compared to the initial assessment, and the 28-year-old player had to be ruled out for 2020.
According to NFL Network, Williams will most likely undergo shoulder surgery, which should repair the damage. The Raiders expect him to be healthy in time for the 2021 NFL season.
Tyrell Williams inked a four-year, $44 million contract with the Raiders last year and was supposed to be one of the key components of the team’s rebuilt offense. While Williams didn’t have a standout campaign in 2019, he still managed to deliver promising numbers by catching 42 passes for 651 yards and six touchdowns in 12 starts.
Raiders are now expected to turn to rookies Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards as starters while second-year player Hunter Renfrow should also see increased snaps.