The Lions had one of the better offenses in the NFL in the early weeks of the season. Defenses seem to have figured them out recently but help may soon be on the way in the form of Jameson Williams. The rookie WR has not yet played for the Lions after suffering an ACL injury in his final collegiate game. So when will Jameson Williams return and be back on the field for the Lions? Below we will deliver a timeline for when Williams could suit up and play his first game for Detroit.
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When will Jameson Williams return and be back on the playing field?
Fantasy football owners and Lions fans are wondering when will Jameson Williams return and be back on the playing field? Williams tore his ACL in the college football National Championship game this past January and underwent surgery shortly thereafter. The Lions, despite the injury, selected Williams 12th overall in the NFL Draft and are playing the long-game with the talented rookie. His rehab has gone tremendously well by all accounts, however, and it is likely that Williams will play this season for the Lions.
“The Alabama rookie famously tore his ACL at last season’s Championship game, another victim of the Lucas Oil turf,” TheLines’ injury expert Will Carroll said. “He’s had good progress since then and was drafted so high because the recovery and success of this kind of surgery is so high and predictable.”
Lions head coach Dan Campbell gave an update on Williams’ status on November 8.
“I think we’re looking at December if I’m just trying to forecast here a little bit,” Campbell told 97.1 The Ticket. “I’m hoping sometime in December we get him.”
Williams is eligible to be activated now after missing the first six games of the season. The Lions had placed Williams on the reserve/non-football injury list back in August. Here are the games in which we could see Williams play and make his NFL debut.
- Week 13 Sunday, December 4: Jaguars at Lions
- Week 14 Sunday, December 11: Vikings at Lions
- Week 15 Sunday, December 18: Lions at Jets
- Week 16 Saturday, December 24: Lions at Panthers
- Week 17 Sunday, January 1: Bears at Lions
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