Detroit Lions counting on dangerous Jameson Williams to impact offense

Jameson Williams has not played a football game in almost 11 months, but when he returns to the field sometime in December the Detroit Lions are counting on him to impact their offense in one very important way.

“I know this, he can run,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said Monday. “He can run, so — and that’s not hard to do. You either got it or you don’t, and he’s got it. In that regard, he can help.”

Williams practiced Monday for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee Jan. 10 in Alabama’s national championship game loss to Georgia.

Detroit Lions injured rookie receiver Jameson Williams waves at fans after the Lions' 38-35 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field, Sept.  11, 2022.

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The Lions have 21 days to activate Williams from the nonfootball injury list to their 53-man roster, and Campbell said he’s not sure yet if the rookie will need the entire three-week practice window to get ready for game action.

Williams will not play Thursday when the Lions (4-6) host the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field, but could return Dec. 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars or Dec. 11 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions have until Dec. 12 to take Williams off NFI.

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