Chargers' Mike Williams could need back surgery

San Diego Chargers rookie wide receiver Mike Williams looks on during an NFL football practice Tuesday

Williams allegedly showed up to Los Angeles with a bad back, and lasted all but one practice with a herniation in one of his disks. For a team with injury issues galore the last two seasons, this is crushing news.

Williams might need season-ending back surgery to fix a herniated disk suffered during his first rookie minicamp practice, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Now, the pressure will really be on Allen to get back on the field and perform this season.

Chargers first-round pick Mike Williams didn't take as long to sign as defensive end Joey Bosa did previous year, but the wide receiver may not have a chance to make the same kind of impact that Bosa did when he finally agreed to a contract.

Williams is now dealing with a herniated disk in his back, getting a second epidural recently in an effort to help his recovery. Williams was a star for the Clemson Tigers during their championship run a year ago, hauling in 98 passes for 1.361 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Another source is optimistic that Williams will not need surgery and said Thursday afternoon, "He's been coming along pretty well".

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Williams missed most of the 2015 season with a fractured bone in his neck after he collided with a goal post.

The Chargers open training camp July 30 in Costa Mesa.

One source told Schefter that Williams' injury "may be a lot more serious than people thought", something Chargers fans don't want to hear after a 2016 campaign derailed by injuries.

Any way you look at it, losing Williams would be a huge blow to a team well-versed in injuries wrecking well-laid plans.

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