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Jets DT Quinnen Williams will ‘be fine’ after ankle injury, Saleh says

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Jets head coach Robert Saleh says Quinnen Williams will be fine after an ankle injury.
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Jets star defensive lineman Quinnen Williams missed the team’s practice on Monday after suffering an ankle injury, but coach Robert Saleh said he’s not worried about the 24-year-old. 

“He’ll be fine,” Saleh assured reporters on Monday.

It’s not clear when Williams sustained the injury, and it’s possible that the team is being overly cautious with their defensive centerpiece, but news of him missing time is surely worrisome for Jets fans. 

The team has had porous luck with their health this offseason, as they first lost offensive lineman Mekhi Becton to a knee injury (they signed Pro Bowler Duane Brown as his replacement), and then starting quarterback Zach Wilson suffered a torn meniscus and bruised bone in their opening preseason game (he is having surgery on Tuesday in Los Angeles). 

Williams has been an integral part of the Gang Green defense since he came to the team as the 3rd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. 

For more coverage of Quinnen Williams and the Jets, head to amNY.com.

In his 3 seasons at MetLife Stadium, Williams has recorded 136 tackles, including 83 solo, along with 21 tackles for a loss and 17 quarterback hits. 

Earlier in the offseason, Williams praised the defense under their 2nd-year coach, and said he would push himself even harder as he heads into his 4th season. 

“I feel great,” he said. “As a team, I think we’re going to the next step.” 

“I have huge expectations for myself. I’ve got to push myself to be an unbelievable presence, and unbelievable places so that I can be the player that I want to be in the NFL.”