According to multiple reports, New York Jets starting inside linebacker Avery Williamson tore his anterior cruciate ligament during yesterday’s pre-season game against the Atlanta Falcons and will miss the entire 2019 season. Williamson was defending a pass in the end zone when teammate Tevaughn Campbell inadvertently collided with Williamson’s knee.
Williamson is a very good run defender at inside linebacker and was half of an excellent inside linebacker duo with C.J. Mosley. This is a big blow to the Jets defense. However, Williamson’s and the Jets misfortune represent an opportunity for guys like Blake Cashman, Neville Hewitt and James Burgess to make the team and produce. The silver lining in any injury can be the otherwise unavailable opportunity for other players to step up and show what they’ve got.
Avery Williamson is expected to undergo knee surgery and, assuming the surgery goes well, should be ready for the 2020 season for the Jets.