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Reports: Jets LB Avery Williamson tears ACL, out for year

Jets linebacker Avery Williamson is expected to miss the season with a torn ACL, according to multiple reports.

An MRI exam confirmed the injury Friday morning.

Williamson was expected to start at inside linebacker alongside free-agent signee C.J. Mosley. Either Anthony Wint or Neville Hewitt could step into the starting spot.

The 27-year-old Williamson suffered the injury Thursday night in the Jets' preseason game against Atlanta when he collided in the second quarter with Falcons cornerback Tevaughn Campbell.

The Tennessee Titans drafted Williamson, a Kentucky product, in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He turned down a four-year, $12 million deal to remain with the Titans when he became a free agent in 2018, instead signing a three-year, $22.5 million contract with the Jets. The contract included a $6 million signing bonus and $16 million in guaranteed money.

He has been remarkably durable in his career, missing just one game over five seasons. In his first season with the Jets, he started all 16 games and made 120 tackles, including six for loss, and had three sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception.