When the Detroit Lions selected Jameson Williams of the University of Alabama, who scored 12th in the NFL draft in 2022, most of the skepticism about the move was due to the fact that Williams was only removed from ACL operations by a few months.
During the 2021 national championship game on January 10 against Georgia, Williams tore off the ACL in his left knee, underwent successful reconstructive surgery a week later and has been working on his recovery ever since.
The fact that Williams was still picked where he was is a testament to his skill on the pitch. As many have noted, Williams has: rare speed. Everyone in the NFL is fast, but some players have extra gear. Combine that with his ability to accelerate and slow down in the blink of an eye, and it’s easy to see why CEO Brad Holmes coveted Williams.
But with the Lions in the process of rebuilding right now, there’s no need for a newbie to start playing right away. Ensuring Williams is 100 percent ready when it hits the pitch in 2022, and more importantly, good for the long-term future, should be Lions’ primary concern with their new audience.
Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press spoke to the surgeon who worked on Williams in January.
“Jameson’s goal is, of course, to play the first pre-season game,” said Dr. Lyle Cain of Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center in Birmingham, Alabama. “I told him, said,” Look, depending on which band you go to, most of the bands will probably be – they will be very conservative. You have to understand that. And he’ll be talked into it, but I know he mentally said he’d be ready for the first game. “
Dr. Cain added that often mental obstacles are the greatest obstacle to an athlete’s recovery when it comes to getting back into shape.
Williams could go back to the first week of the 2022 season, or it could be as early as October before we see him in a suit for the first time. Patience, both for Williams and for The Lions coaching staff, will be essential during this period. But Cain expects a full recovery.
You can find the full article by Dave Birkett here.
He caught up with the doctor who performed Jameson Williams’ new ACL operation. He shared some insights on the injury, Williams recovery and what the Detroit Lions can expect from their new WR: “Looks like a million dollars” https://t.co/hsfqlp30I2 via @freep
– Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) May 4, 2022
Now let’s move on to the rest of today’s notes:
- The Lions has dropped a new wallpaper for your phones, this time commemorating the 2022 Draft Class.
- The Lions also shared some photos from Wednesday’s practice session and it looks like the turnout is strong.
- The Athletic’s Chris Burke and Nick Baumgardner look at how each draft fits Dan Campbell’s plan.