New York Jets defensive tackle Quinnen Williams, who just completed a breakout season, will be sidelined eight to 10 weeks after sustaining a broken foot last week in a practice session at the team’s premises, league sources confirmed on Tuesday.
Williams will likely need to undergo surgery to repair the injury, which was first reported by the NFL Network.
This means that the OTAs and the minicamp will be missing. Based on the schedule, it should be ready by mid-July. The hope is that he will be ready for the start of training camp, according to a source.
Drafted third overall in 2019, Williams became the Jets’ top defensive player last season. He recorded a total of seven sacks and added two forced fumbles in 13 games.
Williams missed six games in his first two seasons, including the last two games of the 2020 season with a concussion and neck injury.
The Jets strengthened their defensive line in free agency, signing three veteran players: defensive ends Carl Lawson and Vinny Curry and tackle Sheldon Rankins.
The new coaching staff expect Williams to thrive in the new 4-3 front, which should allow him to play more aggressively than the previous 3-4 pattern.
“I love Quinnen,” said coach Robert Saleh recently. “Really excited to take the seat belt off his harness and let him go. In this diagram, to make him go upright, to move all that mass in the direction he needs to go, I’m really excited about the potential he’s going to have. “