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New Chargers receiver Mike Williams has been to the brink and back

New Chargers receiver Mike Williams has been to the brink and back

The worst-case scenario flashed through Dabo Swinney’s mind as the Clemson coach watched star receiver Mike Williams get carted out of Memorial Stadium, his body strapped to a backboard and his neck in a cervical collar, in the 2015 season opener against Wofford College.

“My first thought was, ‘Oh man, this kid may not play again,’ ” Swinney said. “It was a scary moment for everybody, for sure.”

Fast-forward to Friday’s news conference at the StubHub Center, where the Chargers introduced Williams after selecting the 6-foot-4, 218-pounder with the seventh pick of the NFL draft.

Twenty months after a neck fracture ended Williams’ 2015 season, and 3 1/2 months after he...

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