Bengals rookie OT Jonah Williams likely to miss season

The Cincinnati Bengals received some awful summer-break news: First-round pick Jonah Williams will likely miss the whole 2019 season.
The group announced the rookie left tackle failed left knee surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum that is likely to sideline him for the entire year. The 21-year-old is expected to make a full recovery, the Bengals added.
Williams sat out minicamp with an injury new trainer Zac Taylor described as”dinged up.” After visiting the doctor, it was much worse for Williams.
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“We anticipate Jonah being a significant contributor in the future, and understand that he won’t allow this injury dissuade him from still being an important part of this group,” Taylor said in a statement. “We are confident in our offensive line staff as we venture into training camp, and we believe they could do their part in assisting this team reach its goals.”
The Alabama product was widely regarded as the best offensive lineman in the 2019 NFL Draft. When he fell to Cincinnati at No. 11, the Bengals eschewed other options to snatch up the nasty road grader they thought are the long-term solution to a position they’d struggled at since permitting Andrew Whitworth to walk two years back.
Injury to the 6-foot-5, 302-pound Williams scuttles the plans for the Bengals offensive lineup shuffle. Cordy Glenn, who had been supposed to move inside to guard, will likely return to left tackle. Christian Westerman or nine-year vet John Jerry could battle to take over the guard spot.
Losing rookie first-round picks is regrettably becoming an old habit for the Bengals. Last year, center Billy Price missed six games with a foot injury.
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