Detroit Lions rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams tore his ACL in January's National Championship Game between Alabama and Georgia.
Despite the injury, the Lions traded up in the first round to snag the speedy receiver at 12th overall.
After missing training camp and the first six weeks of the 2022 NFL season, the team finally has an update on Williams' status.
"Jameson Williams’ has 'turned a corner' this past month, and the #Lions expect him to play this year. But they won’t let injuries to other WRs rush him on the field," Pride of Detroit's Jeremy Reisman reported today.
Campbell said the following on Williams' recovery and availability for the rest of the 2022 season:
“We’re pretty optimistic he’s going to play this year,” Campbell said Wednesday. "We really felt like he’s turned a corner over the past month... We feel like he’s really coming on.”
Detroit was one of the NFL's top scoring offenses through four weeks this season until being blanked by the Patriots 29-0 in Week 5.
Recent injuries to top offensive threats Amon-Ra St. Brown, D'Andre Swift and DJ Chark have caused some speculation that the team might speed up Williams' timeline to return.
Campbell doesn't seem to think so.
"The injuries are not going to have any bearing on when he plays,” said the head coach. “We’re not going to let that affect us. When he’s ready, then we’ll get him up and ready to go, but we don’t want to press that just because we have a number of injuries in the receiver room.”
The Detroit Lions return from a Week 6 bye to take on the Dallas Cowboys this Sunday.