Preston Williams‘ promising rookie season will end at the midway point. The rookie wide receiver left Sunday’s game early, and Brian Flores confirmed Monday he will not return in 2019. Williams suffered a torn ACL, Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com tweets.
The UDFA played well in Miami’s win, hauling in two touchdown passes during a five-reception, 72-yard day. But the Colorado State product left the game with a knee issue, one that will delay his opportunity to build on this early-season success. Williams will likely miss all Dolphins on-field work until training camp.
Emerging quickly for the rebuilding team, Williams caught 32 passes for 428 yards and three touchdowns in his first eight NFL games. He was on pace to become just the second first Dolphins rookie wideout to surpass 800 yards since Chris Chambers in 2001. Williams impressed this offseason and was given a prominent role. Unlike many other starters on this overmatched team, he stands to return in 2020.
Both Williams and rookie Mike Gesicki played well on Sunday, with the latter finishing with a team-high 95 receiving yards. Gesicki and DeVante Parker remain in key positions for the 1-7 team, with Albert Wilson also back from an early-season injury.