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Injury Updates on Mike Williams and Nick Novak

The Chargers had a lot to celebrate with a memorable 28-6 Thanksgiving victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

However, they didn't come out unscathed as wide receiver Mike Williams (knee) and kicker Nick Novak (back) left due to injury.

On Friday, Head Coach Anthony Lynn provided updates on both players.

Most encouraging, Lynn said the team received "very good news" on Williams as the first-round pick did not suffer an ACL injury.  However, he is still undergoing evaluation and the team will know more in the coming days.

"We've ruled out the ACL," he told reporters.  "That's what we know about Mike Williams.  So that's good news.  He's still being evaluated right now with doctors and trainers.  We'll see where it goes from there…The ACL has been ruled out, which is very good news to me.  I think we can deal with the rest.  A lot of it may depend on pain tolerance as well."

The timing of the injury was unfortunate as Williams had just started coming into his own after missing the entire offseason and first five games with a back injury.  He's caught nine passes for 84 yards heading into the game, and was fresh off his finest performance against the Buffalo Bills when he set career-highs with five catches for 38 yards.


Meanwhile, Novak couldn't finish the game after trying to gut through a back injury.   

"It's the same thing with Nick," Lynn said. "He's showing some back soreness.  He was saying hip during the game, but it really was stemming from the lower back. We'll try to get him well as quick as we can, and try to see what we're going to have to do there.  We're going to need a healthy kicker for next week."

Lynn admitted there is some uncertainty moving forward when asked if the team might have to try out kickers heading into Week 13 against the Cleveland Browns.

"That depends on how Nick is doing.  We want Nick here.  Nick is a guy we brought in, and he's been doing a decent job up until now (with the injury).  A veteran presence.  If he's ready to go, we're fine with Nick. But if he's not, then obviously we're going to have some people in here and try them out."

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