Carolina Panthers Launches Right Attack Daryl Williams sustained a right knee injury at Wofford College mid-Saturday.
The Panthers later announced that he had suffered a dislocated patella and Media Collateral Ligament (MCL) rupture.
The Panthers have not given a timetable for his recovery.
A source close to the situation told the Observer that Williams had no surgery at this time, and instead plans to see how the rehabilitation will begin.
"All I can remember is that my foot got stuck in the ground," Williams told the Panthers of the non-contact injury, adding that this was the worst pain he'd ever felt.
Williams had to go in the cart off the field. He was taken to Charlotte for evaluation.
Saturday was the first day of the team in pads. [Williams] slipped back during the team exercises to curb his husband, and his right leg seemed to crumple under him. He screamed in pain and the players knelt down as the coaches hurried to take care of him. Many veterans stayed with Williams when he was helped by Defensive Tackle Kawann Short and the Panthers medical staff.
"It got really quiet and it hits you in the stomach somehow," said defensive end Wes Horton.
"It was tough, it really was," said head coach Ron Rivera. "We were a bit on the side, especially on the offensive side, you could see it, you could feel it, it's one of those things, it takes the wind off the sails a bit."
Williams started every game right tackle for the Panthers last season and earned the All-Pro honorary title of second-team.
"You never want to see such a player go down … (He) did such an extraordinary job to get the credit he deserves, the level of recognition last year and his own this year", quarterback Cam Newton added, adding that he feels optimistic about Williams's prediction. "You hate seeing certain things like this, but I think everything will be alright, hoping that everything will be fine."
Williams, 25, was in the fourth round in 2015 by the Panthers elected and now enters into a contract year.
The negotiations started with Spring between the Panther and Williams camps, but one source told the observer that there was a "monster gap" between the club and the player financially.
As training continued, Taylor Moton took the starting position in the second year.
He will probably do so for Williams' recovery as well.
"I'm not sure what happened (with Williams)," he said after training. "As soon as I saw it, I immediately dropped to one knee and prayed for him, my heart goes to him, I pray for a speedy recovery."
"He was a great mentor to me. When I sit back and watch him play day after day, I know he means a lot to the team.
Moton, a second-round Western Michigan kickoff in 2017, competed for the spot at Left Guard, but last year Rivera mentioned that Moton had mostly received tackle snaps in the practices and he only played limited snapshots in games, used only as an extra tackle in Carolinas "Jumbo" package.
But Moton is confident he can intervene.
"It does not matter where they take me. If it's right to tackle now, be it so, "he said," I feel good. I am very confident … My attitude is wherever you put me is my best position. If that's right, that's my best position. "