Teams searching for a dynamic playmaking wide receiver in the 2022 NFL draft were collectively holding their breath Monday night when Alabama wideout Jameson Williams went down in the National Championship game against Georgia with what appeared to be a serious knee injury. He exited the contest in the second quarter and did not return. The Bulldogs won the game, 33-18.
But there may be a bit of good news on the injury. According to Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban, Williams wanted to return to the game.
“He actually wanted to play in the second half and the medical staff wouldn’t let him,” Saban said, “which I think was smart because he has a future as a football player.”
Hopefully, this is good news. If Williams felt he could return to the game, it’s possible he avoided serious injury. We’ll know more after he has all of the routine tests and examinations over the next few days, but for now, we’ll hold onto his desire to return as a promising sign that he’s OK.
“Look, this guy contributed tremendously to our team all year,” Saban said. “He has great speed. He’s a vertical threat. I think our offensive coaches did a great job of utilizing his talent this year. He’s been very productive. Anytime you lose players like this it has an impact on your team.”
It’ll be a crippling blow to the 2022 draft class if Williams is seriously injured or lost from its ranks altogether.