The season is over for one of the best players on the Jets.
Defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is heading to injured reserve with a neck injury, coach Adam Gase said Wednesday. Williams was injured in Sunday’s win over the Rams when a teammate’s knee hit him in the side of the head. Williams has a concussion in addition to the neck injury.
Gase said he believes the Jets need to wait for Williams to clear the concussion protocol before placing him on IR. The Jets drafted Williams No. 3 overall in 2019. He has had a strong second season and emerged as the Jets’ best defensive player.
“I felt like he had a good run of games,” Gase said. “I felt like his consistency was pretty good. There were a few games where he kind of disappeared, but it didn’t happen a lot. Last year I felt like there would be a couple of games in a row where you didn’t feel him, but this year I felt like through a high majority of the games you felt him. If you were on the other team, you felt him.”
Williams finishes the season with 55 tackles, seven sacks, two forced fumbles, three passes defensed, 10 tackles for loss and 14 quarterback hits. Williams played one of his best games Sunday before the injury. He was extremely disruptive and set a tone early on the way to the Jets’ first win of the season.
“He’s done a good job, obviously,” Gase said. “Sunday, you saw what kind of impact that he had. He made a ton of TFLs, was in the backfield, created pressure.”