Leonard Williams
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New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams was held out of practice on Monday due to a hip irritation issue.

One of the leaders of this 2019 New York Jets defense will be Leonard Williams. Along with Jamal Adams, Williams is a guy who’ll need to make his presence known and felt within this group.

That’s why some fans may have become worried on Monday, as Williams didn’t participate in practice. Williams sat out due to hip irritation.

Jets head coach Adam Gase made it known on Monday that Williams workload was just being managed, however, and that it’s nothing to lose sleep over.

“It just came up the other day,” Gase said after the conclusion of practice, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. “I think he was playing through it and then we were just kind of like, let’s slow him down, make sure he’s good.”

Williams will man the defensive line along with Henry Anderson and rookie Quinnen Williams. The Jets selected the latter with the No. 3 overall pick in this year’s draft out of the University of Alabama.

The veteran Williams had 42 combined tackles last year with 11 tackles-for-loss, 20 quarterback hits, 5.0 sacks, and two passes defended through 16 games. Gang Green expects him to continue being one of the forces of a Jets front-seven that just added linebacker C.J. Mosley this offseason.

New York will continue training camp this week in Florham Park, NJ. Their first preseason game will be this Thursday, Aug. 8 at MetLife Stadium against the New York Giants.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.