AP source: Jets lose LB Williamson for season with torn ACL

Fri Aug 16 3:24pm ET
By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.
AP Pro Football Writer

New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)


New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) tackles Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper (81) during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)


NEW YORK (AP) A person familiar with the nature of the injury says New York Jets linebacker Avery Williamson has a torn knee ligament that will sideline him for the season.

Williamson injured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the second quarter of the team's 22-10 preseason win at Atlanta on Thursday night.

An MRI on Friday revealed the nature and severity of the injury, according to the source who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not make an announcement.

NFL Network first reported that Williamson tore his ACL.

Williamson, one of the key pieces of the Jets' defense, was still in the game with mostly backups when cornerback Tevaughn Campbell dived for a pass into the end zone and hit into the linebacker's knee.

Player Notes
Michael Thomas Dec 13 4:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas will face the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15. Thomas is coming off a great game against the 49ers' league-best pass defense, in which he saw a season-high 15 targets. Double-digit targets are a lock for Thomas again this week, considering how much stronger the Colts have been against the run than the pass. New Orleans may also be without tight end Jared Cook (concussion), which would free up some more targets for Thomas. Fantasy owners of the All-Pro receiver should have him locked into their lineups this week.

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Chris Thompson Dec 13 4:50pm ET

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Dwayne Haskins Dec 13 4:40pm ET

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins could be forced into action a little more this Sunday than he has been in recent weeks. His team has enjoyed a string of matchups against defenses susceptible to the run, allowing the Redskins to rely primarily on their backfield of late. The Eagles present a different kind of obstacle, as they're one of the less friendly matchups for opposing ground games and are not especially intimidating against the pass. Increased opportunity won't necessarily translate into fantasy success for Haskins, however, as he's completed under 60% of his passes in four straight games. The rookie has also thrown just three touchdowns this year, while committing eight turnovers. Haskins carries extreme risk into this matchup with Philly regardless of game script, but the potential is there for him to air it out more than he's used to.

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Latavius Murray Dec 13 4:40pm ET

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Adrian Peterson Dec 13 4:40pm ET

Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson is once again in the driver's seat for his team's rushing workload. He performed admirably on increased touches last week when Derrius Guice went down with injury, and produced a quality fantasy line two weeks ago when the two RBs were splitting the work evenly. Those outings came against two of the most optimal running back matchups in the league, the Panthers and Packers. His Week 15 opponent is an Eagles Defense that figures to offer significantly more resistance, as they're holding opposing backs well under four yards per carry. Peterson has no one to contend with for rushing volume, but Chris Thompson could be utilized frequently as a pass-catching back in this matchup if Philly is once again up to the task of shutting down the ground game. Peterson comes in as heavily dependent on volume for fantasy purposes this week, and he may need a touchdown to be worth a spot in starting lineups.

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Christian Kirk Dec 13 4:20pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk logged a full practice Friday, paving the way for the dynamic pass catcher to play Sunday versus the Cleveland Browns. The top favored target of quarterback Kyler Murray as of late, Kirk has seen at least seven targets in each of his teams last four contests. All three of his touchdown receptions came in just one outing earlier this year, but Kirk still has upside against Cleveland this weekend due to both Murray and his own explosive play ability. Barring any last-minute turns for the worse, Kirk should see a full allotment of snaps Sunday.

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A.J. Brown Dec 13 4:10pm ET

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Vance McDonald Dec 13 4:10pm ET

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Alvin Kamara Dec 13 4:10pm ET

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara gets a tough matchup against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 15. It's been a disappointing season for Kamara owners though it hasn't been due to his lack of opportunity. The 24-year-old has averaged 17.4 touches per game since returning from injury, which is pretty much a workhorse role. He's been producing more RB2 numbers, topping 70 scrimmage yards in four of those five games. With a no-touchdown streak spanning eight games, Kamara will take on a Colts Defense that has allowed only six touchdowns to running backs, third-fewest in the NFL. Given how talented Kamara is, he needs to be in starting lineups- it seems like a matter of time before he finds his way into the end zone.

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Fantasy Spin: Landry has been targeted at least 10 times in five of the last seven games and has posted at least 75 yards in each of the last three games. He can be considered a low-end No. 2 or a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues this week.

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David Njoku Dec 13 4:03pm ET

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Fantasy Spin: Njoku did not do much in his return to the lineup last week but will have a favorable matchup again this week. He can be a possible low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.

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Ryan Tannehill Dec 13 4:00pm ET

Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill might just be the hottest quarterback in the NFL not named Lamar Jackson as he's coming off a 391 yard, three touchdown performance in Oakland. Tannehill has now scored at least two touchdowns in all seven of his starts with the Titans while adding at least four rushing attempts in all but one game. Pair his consistency with a home matchup against a bottom six fantasy defense against quarterbacks this season and you have a locked-in QB1 play. Don't be afraid to bench bigger name quarterbacks in favor of Tannehill this week, he has one of the highest floor and ceiling combinations of anyone in the league right now.

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Diontae Johnson Dec 13 4:00pm ET

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Dede Westbrook Dec 13 3:53pm ET

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