The bad news keeps on piling in for the Detroit Lions. And the latest is regarding wide receiver Tyrell Williams.
During a Monday afternoon media session, Dan Campbell confirmed that Williams is currently in concussion protocol. Williams left Sunday’s game vs. the 49ers in the third quarter after suffering a helmet-to-helmet collision with Jaquiski Tartt. Referees hit Tartt with a personal foul, deeming Williams as a defenseless receiver.
Campbell did not provide any further details on the extent of Williams’ status.
With something as serious as a concussion, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Williams misses the following Monday’s game vs. the Packers. Wideouts Khadarel Hodge and Tom Kennedy were among the Lions’ inactive players on Sunday. Expect one of those guys to step up on the depth chart if Williams misses time.
The Lions signed Williams in March to a one-year deal following star-wideout Kenny Golladay’s departure. The expectation was that the seven-year vet would step in as one of Goff’s primary targets.
For the second year in a row, injuries have hindered Tyrell Williams. Last year with the Raiders, he suffered a torn labrum in his shoulder, ending his season before it started.
When healthy, Tyrell Williams is one helluva target. His best season as a pro was in 2016 with the then-San Diego Chargers. He caught 69 passes for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns. Hopefully, for the Lions, he can duplicate that success upon his return. After all, he’s only 29.
The injury bug for the Lions could not have come at a worse time. During the same media session, Campbell confirmed that Jeff Okudah would miss the remainder of the season with a ruptured Achilles. Okudah left Sunday’s game early in the fourth quarter.
“I hate that for him,” said Campbell. “You know, he put in a lot of hard work. He really improved a ton from Spring to now. Look, I hate for him first. And I hate it for us as a team because he was really coming around.”
“But that’s one of those things we gotta adapt to. And it is what it is. And now we gotta move on.”
So what’s next for Detroit is bringing in pieces quickly as Campbell alluded to. Because this is that’s becoming thin at vital positions.