Tyrell Williams' 2020 season ended before it began.
The Raiders officially placed the wide receiver on injured reserve Tuesday. NFL Media's Ian Rapoport first reported that Williams will undergo season-ending surgery on the torn labrum, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the surgery has a recovery time of six months.
Williams played in 14 games for the Raiders last season, his first after joining the Silver and Black as a free agent. Signed to supplement superstar receiver Antonio Brown, Williams quickly became the Raiders' top wideout after Brown's release prior to the start of the regular season. Williams caught 42 passes for 651 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns while dealing with plantar fasciitis throughout the season.
The Raiders signed Nelson Agholor in free agency and drafted Henry Ruggs in the first round (No. 12 overall) and Bryan Edwards in the third (No. 81 overall) to bolster the position alongside Williams and second-year pro Hunter Renfrow. Quarterback Derek Carr will still have plenty of options to throw to, but Ruggs and Edwards likely will be leaned upon for even greater contributions as rookies.
General manager Mike Mayock told reporters last week that Agholor and fellow veteran receiver Zay Jones were turning heads in training camp. The Raiders traded for Jones last season, and he caught 20 passes for 147 yards in 10 games with the Silver and Black.
“They’re in as good of shape as any two players we have on our team,” Mayock said last week (h/t Las Vegas Review-Journal). “Their route running … has improved. Their concentration has been outstanding. And I think the coaches have a plan for (them). You start with those two guys and you say, ‘Wow.' ”
The Raiders have to cut down their roster to 53 players no later than 1 p.m. PT on Saturday. Williams' placement on IR, plus releasing and waiving five other players, got them a bit closer to the final number.
Now comes the hard part of replacing Williams' production.