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New England Patriots tight end Michael Williams tears ACL, will miss 2016 season

Former Alabama tight end Michael Williams (No. 89) with a catch vs. Mississippi State in 2011: Cedric Mason- TDAL Magazine

Michael Williams is facing the possibility of missing the entire 2016 NFL season, due to sustaining a left knee injury (anterior cruciate ligament) on Wednesday at a mini-camp session.

Jim McBride, New England Patriots beat writer for the Boston Globe, was the first to report on this story and was followed by Mike Reiss—ESPN reporter for the franchise.

The former Alabama tight end hopes to receive a more promising outlook on the matter, but it appears that he may be placed on injury reserve. New England acquired Williams in a trade with the Detriot Lions on Aug. 25, 2015. He was taken in the seventh round (211th overall pick) by the Lions in the 2013 NFL Draft, but sat out his rookie year because of a hand injury.

The addition of Eric Ebron in 2014 and weight issues for Williams, forced him to move from tight end to offensive tackle and wear No. 73. He managed to get back in shape, which helped him return to the tight end position with the Patriots. Williams is listed third on the depth chart at the position, as he’s displayed progression in his route running and pass-catching abilities before the mishap occured.

He was a solid player at Alabama (2008-12), prior to earning a chance at pro football.

Williams caught 51 passes for 503 yards and four touchdowns in 54 games. He capitalized the essence of his senior year, totaling 24 receptions for 183 yards and four touchdowns in 2012.

The Reform, Alabama native served on two national championship teams and two Southeastern Conference championship squads during his run at Tuscaloosa.

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @Smsmith_TDALMag.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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