Mike Williams’ time to take the field has finally come.
The Chargers’ rookie wide receiver and No. 7 overall pick in this year’s draft is set to make his NFL debut Sunday when Los Angeles visits the Raiders, ESPN reported.
Williams suffered a herniated disk in his lower back during the first practice of rookie minicamp in May, which forced him to miss training camp and the team’s first five games of the season after being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list this summer.
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Despite resuming padded practice in Week 2, the Chargers have been cautious with Williams’ injury and planned to sit him out until October.
Williams, 23, caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 13 touchdowns through 15 games in his final season at Clemson last year.
Clearly, things got much better for Beathard, the 49ers (0-6) and Shanahan after that, well enough that they were one shaky, shady Pierre Garcon offensive interference flag away from a possible game-winning field goal try.
Shanahan’s announcement afterward that Beathard would remain the starter was expected, and logical. The 49ers, deep down, likely were pleased that they’re getting this big a window to see what they have in the rookie. They surely expected Hoyer to last more than five games and a quarter-plus, but they had to know what they were getting when they picked him over all the other available options.
(Including the one who needs to be mentioned, but primarily to restate this: The 49ers-Colin Kaepernick bridge had been burned long before either Shanahan or Lynch arrived, and before he ever started sitting or kneeling during the anthem. That choice was made at the very top, and that makes the 49ers the only NFL team with a plausible excuse for passing him over.)
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