The Cincinnati Bengals received some horrible summer-break news: First-round select Jonah Williams will probably miss the entire 2019 season.
The group announced the rookie left tackle failed left knee surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum that’s very likely to sideline him for the whole calendar year. The 21-year-old is expected to make a complete recovery, the Bengals added.
Williams sat out minicamp with an injury new trainer Zac Taylor described as”dinged up.” After seeing the doctor, it turned out much worse for Williams.
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“We look forward to Jonah being a significant contributor in the long run, and understand he will not let this harm deter him from still being an significant part this group,” Taylor said in a statement. “We’re confident in our offensive line personnel as we venture into training camp, and we believe they can do their part in assisting this group reach its goals.”
The Alabama merchandise was widely considered the best offensive lineman in the 2019 NFL Draft. When he fell to Cincinnati in No. 11, the Bengals eschewed other choices to snatch up the nasty road grader they believed would be the long-term solution to a position they’d struggled at since permitting Andrew Whitworth to walk two decades ago.
Injury to the 6-foot-5, 302-pound Williams scuttles the plans for the Bengals offensive line shuffle. Cordy Glenn, that had been supposed to move inside to protect, will likely return to left tackle. Christian Westerman or even nine-year vet John Jerry could battle to take over the guard spot.
Losing rookie first-round picks is regrettably becoming an old custom for the Bengals. Last season, centre Billy Price missed six games with a foot injury.
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