Jets lose LB Williamson for season with torn ACL

Ross Houston
August 18, 2019

Avery Williamson has suffered a torn ACL and will miss the entire 2019 season. Williamson and Campbell collided, with Campbell diving into Williamson's knee as he tried to make a play on the ball.

It's a big blow to the Jets' defense — and raised some questions as to why Williamson was still playing when the starters were done for the night. He signed as an undrafted free agent with Baltimore after the 2010 NFL Draft and spent most of his NFL career as a backup and special-teams contributor with the Ravens from 2011-18 - and from 2014-18 was a Baltimore teammate of Jets MLB C.J. Mosley. Either Anthony Wint or Neville Hewitt could step into the starting spot.

Preseason injuries are an unfortunate part of every new year in the National Football League, and linebacker Avery Williamson and the New York Jets are the latest to fall victim to one.

"Sometimes everybody is slotted for a different amount of snaps", coach Adam Gase said after the game. "That's just kind of how we roll it".

Williamson led the team with 159 total tackles in his first year in NY after signing last year as a free agent following four seasons in Tennessee. The former leader of the Ravens' defense signed with them during free agency for a contract worth a total of $85 million. After that, there's no guaranteed money left in the contract.

NFL Network first reported that Williamson tore his ACL.

NY relied heavily on Williamson in 2018, as the former fifth-round pick registered 120 tackles, 3.0 sacks and an interception.

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