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NY Jets DT Quinnen Williams misses practice with ankle injury

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NY Jets, Quinnen Williams / Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA
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The NY Jets have already had a few of their most important players deal with injury issues this summer, and you could add star defensive tackle Quinnen Williams to that growing list.

Williams was forced to sit out of Wednesday's practice with what was later revealed to be an ankle injury. Head coach Robert Saleh updated reporters after practice and insisted that the injury was nothing serious and that "he'll be fine."

Of course, given what the Jets have already endured this summer with injuries to the likes of Mekhi Becton and Zach Wilson, any ailment (no matter how minor) should be treated with caution.

Williams has been tearing it up at training camp and looks primed for a monster 2022 season, especially entering a contract year. To do so, however, the Jets need him to be healthy.

The NY Jets hope that Quinnen Williams will truly break out in 2022

The third overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Williams has been one of the NFL's best interior defensive linemen over the last two years and has developed into arguably the best overall player on the roster.

However, there's still a sense that he hasn't quite reached his ceiling yet. While Williams has been one of the league's most productive interior pass rushers, he hasn't yet broken out into superstardom.

Williams has been very good, but he's fallen slightly short of being labeled great. The hope is that the former Alabama star can reach his potential in his fourth NFL season.

There's no argument that Williams will be surrounded with more talent than ever before. Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, and Jermaine Johnson are just some of the names that Williams will line up alongside in a stacked Jets' front-four.

The 24-year-old is entering the final year of his rookie contract, although the Jets have already picked up his fifth-year option for next season. The two sides have engaged in extension talks, but both parties are likely waiting to see what Williams does this year.

If he stays healthy and puts together a career year, there's a chance Williams can become the highest-paid player in franchise history. That's exactly what the Jets are hoping happens.

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Here's to hoping his latest ankle injury is, in fact, minor and that he could return to the field before long.

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