Quincy Williams, the Jaguars' second-year linebacker, suffered a core muscle injury. Jags' head coach Doug Marrone said Williams will "miss some time."
Williams was drafted in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft. At the time, he was a relative unknown out of Murray State — a guy making the move from safety to weakside linebacker. Due to Telvin Smith's abrupt retirement, Williams was forced into a featured role early in training camp, but an MCL injury sidelined him for the majority of camp and the preseason. He returned to the lineup in week one of the regular season, but the time he missed was too much to overcome. Williams struggled as a rookie and dealt with injuries for much of the year. He ultimately ended up on the injured reserve with a hand injury.
Heading into year two, Williams was slated to take a back seat at weakside linebacker with Myles Jack moving outside. A physically gifted player, Williams had an excellent opportunity to go back to the basics and learn at his own pace. Now, with a core muscle injury, he'll be sidelined yet again.
It's unclear how much time Williams will miss. Several Jaguars' players have required surgery on core muscle injuries, but Marrone did not indicate that surgery was on the table at this point.
For now, second-year linebacker Dakota Allen and rookie Nate Evans should get more opportunities on the practice field. One of those two could wind up being the primary backup at weakside linebacker for the Jags in 2020.
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