Mike Williams is questionable to play for Chargers vs. Jaguars

The Chargers didn’t have Mike Williams in apply this week, however the crew stays hopeful to have him Saturday night time in Jacksonville.

The veteran broad receiver was listed as questionable Thursday due to a again contusion suffered final weekend within the Chargers’ regular-season finale in Denver.

Coach Brandon Staley mentioned Williams will journey with the crew Friday morning, with the expectation of him understanding on the sector earlier than the sport to see if he can play.

The Chargers and Jaguars are set to kick off their AFC wild-card matchup at TIAA Financial institution Area at 5:15 p.m. PST.

“We have a long time between now and the evening on Saturday,” Staley mentioned. “So, just trying to maximize all that rest time for him and give him all the treatment necessary.”

At first of the week, Staley mentioned Williams would apply at “some point” within the lead-up to the sport. As a substitute, Williams was held out each Wednesday and Thursday.

Staley defined that the crew determined having Williams be a part of his teammates on the sector wasn’t as worthwhile as having him deal with feeling his finest, significantly with the Chargers having one fewer day of preparation.

“What changed was trying to get him as much rest as possible because of the short time frame of the week,” Staley mentioned. “We’re at that point of the season where the reps aren’t what matter. The rest is, in his case. “

Trainers assist the Chargers’ Mike Williams off the field after the receiver hurt his back against the Denver Broncos.

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Williams was injured on a hit after a six-yard reception in the final three minutes of the first half against the Broncos. The Chargers announced that he was questionable to return.

Williams had to be carted to the locker room at halftime and, following the game, needed assistance while walking to the team bus.

In his postgame news conference, Staley was asked — since the Chargers never ruled Williams out — if he could have returned to the game. Staley answered, “possibly.”

Provided that Williams has not practiced since, Staley was requested Thursday to make clear his postgame evaluation.

“The nature of it was I didn’t know how serious it was,” he mentioned. “I wasn’t given the indication that anything was significantly wrong with him. That’s what was told to me. What I was intimating is that there wasn’t anything serious in terms of a fracture or some type of X-ray that was positive. That’s all I was inferring at that moment.”

Staley has obtained criticism for the way in which the Chargers — significantly in mild of the Williams damage — dealt with taking part in time towards Denver.

Though the end result had no affect on the already settled AFC standings, Staley performed most of his starters by means of at the least the tip of the third quarter.

Linebacker Kenneth Murray Jr. additionally left the sport within the second quarter due to what the crew known as a stinger. Murray got here off the damage report Thursday and can play towards Jacksonville.

Staley was given the chance to rethink the crew’s selections on taking part in time after a couple of days to replicate on the occasions of Sunday.

“I stand behind what we did in that football game,” he mentioned. “All my players are really important to me. There were a lot of players that were playing in that game that were in harm’s way. That’s just the nature of football.

“It’s very difficult to decide who plays and who doesn’t and who’s more valuable than the rest. What you’re trying to do is set a standard for your program about how you do things. That’s what I believe in. I didn’t want anybody to get hurt in that game, regardless of their status, because everybody’s important.”

The one starter pulled sooner than the remainder was edge rusher Joey Bosa, who didn’t return after taking part in 23 first-half snaps. Bosa was showing in simply his second sport after having core-muscle surgical procedure in late September.

He defined Thursday that he was feeling particularly fatigued following a play late within the second quarter. After consulting along with his place coach, Giff Smith, Bosa mentioned it was determined he would sit out the remainder of the afternoon.

As for Saturday, he mentioned his taking part in time will depend upon how he’s feeling as the sport progresses. Bosa mentioned he and Smith will stay in communication all through to find out the most effective course.

“I mean, it is a playoff game, but we want to be smart,” Bosa mentioned. “If I’m good to go, then I’ll be out there. But it’s something that you don’t wanna … because it will feel good until it doesn’t. If it gets too fatigued and there are a few plays that are just really high intensity, you have to watch out and kind of manage it.”

Bosa wasn’t on the Chargers’ damage report final week after he returned from the injured-reserve listing. He did seem on the report this week earlier than being eliminated Thursday following one other day as a full apply participant.

Bosa described himself as “feeling good” and sounded optimistic as he prepares for his third profession playoff sport.

“My wind is getting there,” he mentioned. “My conditioning is getting better. My confidence with my leg is getting better. So, I’m happy where I’m at.”