Los Angeles Chargers WR Mike Williams might need back surgery

Williams recently received a second epidural on his herniated disk according to the ESPN report and if his back issues can't be resolved, he will likely be on the shelf for his rookie season.

There is a chance Williams could respond well and not need surgery for the injury he suffered last month.

The Los Angeles Chargers were riddled with injuries a year ago and another key player might not even make it to the preseason. If it doesn't come around, surgery is an option. Another scenario includes Williams going on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the season, meaning he has to miss at least the first six games of the regular season.

This must feel like a awful joke to the Chargers. Per team policy, they don't comment at this time of the year on player injuries. Allen is a brilliant talent but he has been hurt over the past two seasons, including a lacerated kidney and a torn ACL. Williams was supposed to help give Philip Rivers another target this season, but that might not happen until 2018.

Schefter reported the team is hopeful surgery might not be necessary, but the ESPN insider also added the Chargers are aware he might not be ready for training camp.

The undrafted rookie out of IL made a surprise impact last season after injuries decimated the Packers receiving corps. Even with the Chargers' recent run of injuries, that would be especially cruel.

The Chargers' receiver corps was set to be a strength in the upcoming season with Allen back healthy and paired with 1,000-yard receiver Tyrell Williams, Mike Williams, Travis Benjamin and Dontrelle Inman.

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