San Diego Chargers All-Pro DT Jamal Williams sprained a foot in Sunday night’s pre-season loss to Seattle and is said to be day to day. Williams had an MRI exam on Monday, which showed the injury is not too serious as of now. His availability for Saturday’s game at St. Louis has not yet been decided.
Williams has played in the past two Pro Bowls and is considered one of the NFL’s top run stuffers. He had 84 tackles last year, which was third on the team. He is the prototypical over-sized monster; some teams look for, to become stout against the run, anchoring the middle of the defensive line, as he is a couple of big macs away from 350 pounds. The native from Washington, D.C., was a supplemental draft pick in 1998, (2nd round) who came out of Oklahoma State, making an immediate impact for the Chargers.
If he is lost for anytime during the regular season, San Diego’s defense and coach Norv Turner will mourn his absence, as each day passes, for he would not able to play and make his presence felt on the gridiron, for a team that desperately needs him. In the trenches, this jumbo defensive tackle holds up traffic during a run play up front, as he halts the movement more than a patrol officer has to, when he is on duty downtown before and after a jam-packed Friday nite event.
His play is important and if this injury is considered to be serious or hinders/affects his play on the field, Charger fans will see their run defense disappoint, as they will moan and whine off the field, chanting “D-#” when the opposing team’s run game excels when Williams is watching on the sidelines, hobbled up, as a gimpy-legged wide body with street clothes on and crutches at his side.
This team will definitely think ahead/long-term about this situation on their hands, with their eyes focused down the road, using all the precautionary measures to keep him healthy and rested, for the big game against the NFC Champion Chicago Bears, Week One at home in Qualcomm Stadium. As they prepare for the ’07 run to the Super Bowl, they must keep this issue front and center, treating it carefully, making sure Williams is ready to go in the opener, at kickoff time against the Bears.