Atlanta Falcons: 2023 season out for top performer Avery Williams

The Atlanta Falcons will probably have to do without punt returner Avery Williams for the entire 2023 NFL season. The special teamer will have to undergo surgery after suffering a knee injury

Bitter pill for the Atlanta Falcons: Punt returner Avery Williams will likely miss the 2023 NFL season due to a serious knee injury.

As coach Arthur Smith confirmed in a presser on Wednesday, Williams is “probably done this year”. The 24-year-old suffered an ACL injury in last Friday’s OTAs opener and will undergo surgery this week.

Avery Williams: One of the NFL’s best returners

Smith takes it as a “good sign” that the surgery, scheduled for Thursday, will be performed less than a week after the injury: “We love Avery. He has the right mindset and we expect him to come back with a fresh drive. “

Averaging 16.2 yards of space on punt returns and 19.6 yards on kick returns, Williams is among the NFL’s best returners. As a running back, he also totalled 109 yards and a touchdown last season. On top of that, he had 61 receiving yards.

Williams began his career as a college cornerback at Boise State. In the 2021 draft, the Falcons secured his services in the fifth round.

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