Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams broke a small bone in his foot (Twitter link via NFL.com’s Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero). Williams should be fine for the start of the season, but his surgery will require 8-10 weeks of recovery.
Williams won’t be present for OTAs or minicamp, but the expectation is that he’ll be good to go for training camp. Williams, who wants to be a “Jet for life,” is looking to build off of an impressive 2020 campaign. In 13 games (all starts), the former No. 3 overall pick notched 55 tackles, seven sacks, and two forced fumbles. Unfortunately, his season ended on injured reserve with a neck injury.
In years past, Williams has heard his name floated in trade rumors. But, even in the midst of a rough year for Gang Green, they rebuffed all midseason inquiries. At this point, Williams is optimistic that he’ll be staying for the long haul.
“I just handle what I can handle, just control what I can control,” Williams said earlier this year. “Just go out and work hard as I can for any team that I’m on. Hopefully it’s the Jets so I can play with Coach (Robert) Saleh, but any team I’m on, I just work my hardest so that when that comes around I can be the best player I can be.”
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