The Detroit Lions are counting on dangerous Jameson Williams to influence the offense

Jameson Williams hasn’t played a football game in nearly 11 months, but when he does return to the field sometime in December, the Detroit Lions are counting on him to influence their offense in a very important way.

“I know, he can run,” Lions coach Dan Campbell said Monday. “He can run, so—and it’s not hard. You either have it or you don’t, and he’s got it. In that respect, he can help.”

Williams trained Monday for the first time since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on Jan. 10 in Alabama’s national championship loss to Georgia.

Injury Detroit Lions freshman Jameson Williams waves to fans after the Lions' 38-35 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at Ford Field, September 11, 2022.

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The Lions have 21 days to activate Williams from the non-football injury list to the 53-man roster, and Campbell said he’s not yet sure if the rookie will need the full three-week training period to prepare for action.

Williams won’t play on Thursday when the Lions host (4-6) Buffalo Bills at Ford Field, but he could return on Dec. 4 against the Jacksonville Jaguars or Dec. 11 against the Minnesota Vikings. The Lions have until December 12 to remove Williams from the NFI.

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