EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - The first-half of the game against the Giants went really well for the Jets with one exception, rookie defensive end Leonard Williams left the game with a knee-injury.
The sixth-overall pick in the draft walked off the field on his own power but until more information is known about the extent of the injury the Jets and their fans have reason to be a little nervous. With Muhammad Wilkerson just returning from his hamstring injury and Sheldon Richardson suspended for the first four games of the season Willams was going to have a bigger role, eariler in the season, than the Jets were planning.
When the Jets drafted Williams they were expecting to be able to use him as a rotational player, periodically subbing in for Wilkerson and Richardson but with Richardson's suspension Williams was going to have to assume a much bigger role through the first four games of the season. Williams has really started to come on strong in the last couple of weeks of training camp and the preseason so it would obviously be disappointing for that momentum to get derailed at all.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports "X-Rays on Leonard Williams' knee were negative. Jets think it's just a bone bruise and he will be fine but getting MRI done Sunday to be sure."
If it does turn out to be a minor bone bruise the Jets will have escaped a potential problem and Williams should be able to return in time for the start of the season, or only miss a game or two at worst.