Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Mike Williams, the No. 7 overall pick in this year's draft, is slated to make his NFL debut next week against the Oakland Raiders barring any setbacks at practice this week, league sources told ESPN.
Another Chargers official said it's premature to say Williams will be ready next week, however. The team is being careful and does not want to rush him back.
Williams, 23, had been ruled out for Sunday's game at the New York Giants as he deals with a disk injury in his back. The injury has caused him to miss training camp and each of San Diego's four games this season.
Ever since Williams' injury flared up in the summer, the Chargers had planned to sit him out until Week 6. Williams has been practicing in pads since Week 2.
In his last season at Clemson, Williams played in 15 games and caught 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 13 touchdowns.