Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams could need back surgery.

By Jeremy Woo
July 19, 2017

Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams could need back surgery and could potentially miss the season, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

Williams has been dealing with a herniated disk and recently received a second epidural treatment. The Chargers are reportedly preparing as if he will miss training camp, and while they hope to avoid the surgery, Williams could miss his rookie year if futher work is needed.

Williams was asked about the report on Saturday and denied he needed surgery.

According to reports, Williams apparently injured himself during his first practice with the team during rookie minicamp and hasn’t played football since. It’s unclear if the injury took place before that, and unclear how his back will continue to respond.

Williams was the seventh pick in the draft after catching 10 touchdowns and 84 passes for 1,171 yards last season at Clemson.

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