Carolina Panthers rookie offensive tackle Daryl Williams suffered a sprained MCL in Sunday’s win against Jacksonville and will be out two-to-four weeks, he said Monday.
Williams, a fourth-round pick out of Oklahoma this year, injured his right knee during the first half of the game on a field goal attempt.
“It’s crazy how it happened. Me and coach just watched it,” Williams said. “Three guys tried to bull (rush) me back. And literally right when the ball was kicked, and I went (to stand up), a guy just fell into the back of my knees. It was just bad luck.”
Williams said the sprain is better than a torn MCL or ACL, the latter of which would rule him out for the season. He suffered a sprained MCL his junior year at Oklahoma, but he said “that one was worse.”
Williams is the primary backup to right tackle Mike Remmers. Backup tackle Nate Chandler was ruled out for the game after his surgically repaired knee flared up last week, but he figures to be in the mix once he returns.
Fourth-year guard Amini Silatolu will likely get reps at backup tackle – both left and right – this week, too.