Things aren’t going to get much better for the punchless Denver Broncos offense. Starting running back Javonte Williams will reportedly miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL, according to multiple reports.
Williams may have also torn his LCL and posterior lateral corner, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
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Williams sustained the injury during the team’s Week 4 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Williams left the game and was quickly ruled out of the contest, which is never a good sign. That was proved accurate Monday, as Williams will now miss the rest of the year.
Despite splitting time with Melvin Gordon last season, Williams emerged as a talented runner who looked poised to post an even better season as a sophomore. The Broncos leaned on Williams more to open the 2022 NFL season. He carried the ball 47 times for 207 yards and caught 16 passes for 76 yards. Williams did not score a touchdown before sustaining the injury.
Broncos will lean on Melvin Gordon, Mike Boone with Javonte Williams out
Williams’ injury means more work for Gordon, who the team re-signed in the offseason. Gordon and Williams provided one of the league’s best 1-2 punches last season, though Gordon is now 29 and hasn’t gotten off to a strong start in 2022.
Through four games, Gordon has 37 rushes for 137 yards and a touchdown. He also has eight receptions for 49 yards. Gordon has fumbled four times to open the year, two of which have resulted in the Broncos losing the ball. Gordon’s fumble in Week 4 was returned for a touchdown, giving the Raiders a lead near the end of the second quarter.
If Gordon’s fumbling issues persist, Mike Boone is likely next in line to get work. Boone had three carries for 20 yards in Week 4. He was targeted five times by Russell Wilson, but finished with two grabs for 11 yards.