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Jets LB Avery Williamson tears ACL, out for season

2019-08-17

New York Jets inside linebacker Avery Williamson (54) speaks to medical personel after injury against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half an NFL preseason football game, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) (John Bazemore/AP)

The Jets suffered a tough blow when MRI results revealed that starting inside linebacker Avery Williamson suffered a torn ACL in the second preseason game against the Falcons on Thursday night, according to a source.

Williamson was hurt when cornerback Tevaughn Campbell collided with him in the end zone in pass coverage. Williamson was playing longer than the rest of the starters due to personnel package considerations, according to Adam Gase.

Avery Williamson suffers knee injury during Thursday's preseason game in Atlanta.
Avery Williamson suffers knee injury during Thursday's preseason game in Atlanta. (John Bazemore/AP)

“Everybody’s slotted for a different amount of snaps,” Gase said after the game. “Some guys ... we’re trying to get with certain packages, and you’re a 1 in this group, a 2 in this group. The last two weeks, he’s kind of stayed in there a little longer.

“That’s how we roll it. Some guys play a little longer than others.”

Williamson moves from Mike (middle) to Will (weakside) linebacker after Gang Green signed C.J. Mosley this offseason.

Neville Hewitt, who played well late last season during Darron Lee’s suspension, appears in line to replace Williamson, who was entering the second year of his three-year contract.

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