The Facts: The Chargers are eyeing an October debut for first-round pick Williams.
Diehards Line:The Clemson product, who is recovering from a herniated disc in his back from the spring, has been sprinting on the treadmill and on the practice field. By all accounts, he's making solid progress as the team has used rest and rehab, rather than a surgical option. That's why, according to several sources with direct knowledge of the situation, the plan is for Williams to play in October. How it happens will depends on what unfolds over the next three weeks until it's time to make a roster decision on Sept. 2. But the belief is, barring any setbacks, he can practice in September, then he can work his way into a game in October. Potentially, Williams could be available for the bulk of the season. No decision has been made on whether he'll start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list. It's possible, but he also might not because he could play in a game sooner than Week 7. Either way, the Chargers are optimistic they'll have their No. 7 overall pick on the field for part of 2017, perhaps even offering fresh legs at a time when players start to grow weary.