There is a good chance the Bengals’ top 2019 draft pick won’t play this season.
Left tackle Jonah Williams underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, meaning he won’t take over as the starter as the team had hoped.
According to the Bengals, the injury and surgery likely mean Williams won’t play this season.
“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,” coach Zac Taylor said, via the team’s website. “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.”
Williams, who was selected 11th overall by Cincinnati in this year’s NFL Draft, was expected to take over for Cordy Glenn. He was taking first-team reps before he was sidelined by the injury.
Williams is expected to make a full recovery.
Glenn was moved to guard to make room for Williams but now is expected to shift back to left tackle. It’s unclear who will take over at left guard, but Christian Westerman has been taking first-team reps in that position the past few weeks. John Jerry is another option.
Clint Boling was the Bengals’ left guard last year but has been absent from offseason activities with an unknown ailment. The severity of the issue and Boling’s timetable to return are unknown.
Williams’ injury adds to the Bengals’ unfortunate trend of troubles with first-round picks from the past few years. Most of Cincinnati’s top picks have either missed a substantial time due to injury or have been busts.
Bengals recent first round picks:
Jonah Williams, 2019: Likely out for the season.
Billy Price, 2018: Six games missed (foot).
John Ross, 2017: 17 total snaps played, zero catches.
William Jackson, 2016: Zero games played (pec).
Cedric Ogbuehi, 2015: 11 games missed (knee). https://t.co/jn7ZLZ1Bs7
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 25, 2019