The Jets received a big blow to their defense on Friday as linebacker Avery Williamson has suffered a torn ACL. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano has confirmed NFL Network's Ian Rapoport's first report on the injury. Williamson will miss the entire 2019 season.
Williamson was curiously left in Thursday's preseason contest against the Falcons for an extended amount of time when he sustained the injury.
Williamson went down on the field with approximately four minutes left in the first half while in coverage on a passing play. The Jets brought in a new defensive coordinator this offseason in Gregg Williams and Williamson was tabbed as the defensive play-caller on the field.
The 27-year-old was playing reps with the second-team defense in the exhibition game and played in 30 snaps, in total.
Williamson signed a three-year, $22.5 million deal with the Jets with $16 million guaranteed in March 2018. He started his career with the Titans as a fifth-round pick in 2014.
In his first season with the Jets, Williamson led the team with 120 total tackles and added an interception, six passes defended, two forced fumbles and three sacks.