The Cincinnati Bengals announced rookie offensive tackle Jonah Williams underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. As a result, he’s “likely” to miss his full rookie season.
It’s a tough blow for the No. 11 pick in the 2019 NFL draft.
After leading the Alabama offensive line, Williams heard his name called by the Bengals in Nashville during the draft. He was expected to make an immediate impact for new head coach Zac Taylor.
Taylor issued a statement about the news:
“We look forward to Jonah being a major contributor in the future, and know that he won’t let this injury deter him from still being an important part of this team. We’re confident in our offensive line personnel as we head into training camp, and we believe they can do their part in helping this team achieve its goals,” Taylor said in a statement.
Shoulder Surgery likely Sidelines Jonah Williams for Season
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) June 25, 2019
Williams emerged as the starting left tackle for the Bengals in minicamp before he suffered the season-ending injury.
According to the release from the team, Williams suffered the injury in early June.
The former Crimson Tide star was the first offensive lineman off the board in the 2019 NFL draft and the second player from Alabama – behind Quinnen Williams.