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Chargers keep injured receiver Mike Williams on the 53-man roster

Chargers keep injured receiver Mike Williams on the 53-man roster

There was a time this offseason when the Chargers were worried that their first-round draft pick, wide receiver Mike Williams, would be cut — by a surgeon.

Season-ending back surgery could have kept the team from seeing their prized rookie in their first season in Los Angeles, but a hope persisted that he’d be able to work his way back on the field.

When the Chargers went through their roster Saturday, doing cutting of their own, they decided that Williams, who missed all but the first day of training camp because of a back injury, had shown them enough to keep him on their 53-man roster.

The decision was one of a handful of moderate surprises made by general manager Tom...

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