Jamal Williams was chasing Clinton Portis who had just caught a screen pass on the third play from scrimmage in the third quarter. While in pursuit Steve Herndon came in with a chop block to the back of Williams' legs.
Williams was taken into the dressing room on a cart and little was known at the time. It came down soon after that Williams had dislocated his left ankle and would miss the entire season.
"It's probably a three or four month process," said Schottenheimer about Williams' recovery time. "Obviously, that's an important player to what we're doing, but on the other hand, like I said at the outset, in this league, you have to find people that will move in, strap it up and go to war. We've got people here in place that I think will do that."
Williams has been a key returnee to the run defense after missing 13 games last season after a torn ACL.
San Diego Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer had very cryptic words on Sunday stating, "We need to take a close look at it. I haven't seen the replay, but I am going to take a very good look at it."
When pressed further he would comment no further but expect the Chargers to send tapes to the league and press for a suspension. He has already called the league office today and is visibly upset about the issue.
"I'm a bit troubled by it," said Schottenheimer. "We've contacted the league in regard to it. We have not heard back from them. The thing that I find troubling is, any player who plays in this league recognizes the sacrifice that each player has to make just to have the opportunity to play in the National Football League. I find it disappointing that a player would commit an act like that, knowing full well what the result might be. Clearly it was unnecessary, and clearly it was a foul."
"My whole approach to this thing is that this is a tough business. It's a physical business," added Schottenheimer. "You have to recognize that every guy that plays in this league has made considerable sacrifice to get where he is. To see something like this, I find it very disturbing."
"I don't believe that it is something that they teach," said Schottenheimer. "Mike Shanahan doesn't teach that. Alex Gibbs worked for me, and while he's not the line coach, he is involved with it, but Alex was never involved in that kind of coaching when he and I were together in Kansas City. I think this is just an example of a guy making a very, very unnecessary act. It's troubling to me."
Marcellus Wiley added fuel to the fire by adding:
"I heard it was a cheap shot, listening to the whispers of their linemen, it was a cheap shot. They have that reputation of cheap shots, and I don't think today helped them any."
Williams was having a fine season clogging the middle. He had tallied 24 tackles (20 solo) and registered 2.5 sacks on the year. He was facing double teams and was a key component in freeing up the Charger linebackers to make plays. At the defensive tackle spot he gave up the glory of better numbers to allow the playmakers room to succeed. The five year veteran will be replaced in the lineup by Leonardo Carson and DeQuincy Scott. Adrian Dingle should also see some time on the inside.
"We've gotten really solid play out of Leo and Dequincy Scott, so we have depth there," said Schottenheimer. "Dingle has played some on the inside for us there. Obviously, none of them are Jamal, because Jamal arguably was playing as well as any defensive player that we have. The fact remains that we do have some players with experience that have a chance to step forward and step up. I expect that they will."
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