New York Jets fans can breathe a sigh of relief as x-rays have come back negative and an MRI on rookie defensive lineman Leonard Williams’ injured knee reported no ligament damage. Per Josh Alper of NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, Williams only has a strain behind his knee and it is not believed to be a long-term problem.
Williams suffered the injury in the Jets’ preseason game against the New York Giants. He will have two weeks to recover prior to the team’s season opener at home against the Cleveland Browns on September 13.
Williams was a star at USC before being drafted sixth overall by New York this year, playing all over the defensive line and posting 218 tackles (35.5 for a loss), 20 sacks, four forced fumbles, two recoveries and even two interceptions. His falling to the Jets was considered a steal for the team as he was considered by many to be the best overall player in the draft.
So long as he is cleared to play, he will start alongside Muhammad Wilkerson as Sheldon Richardson will begin the season on a four-game suspension.
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