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Jets first-round pick Williams has muscle strain in knee

Aug 21, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (62) watches game against the Atlanta Falcons from sidelines during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 21, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (62) watches game against the Atlanta Falcons from sidelines during second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

NEW YORK -- New York Jets rookie defensive lineman Leonard Williams has a muscle strain behind one of his knees, but the team avoided a potentially devastating injury to its first-round draft pick.

Williams was injured in the first half of the Jets' 28-18 preseason victory over the Giants on Saturday night. An MRI on Sunday revealed the nature of Williams' injury, which isn't expected to be a long-term situation.

There was no immediate timetable on Williams might return, but the Jets open the regular season on Sept. 13 at home against Cleveland -- giving him two weeks to rest and heal.

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Williams, the No. 6 overall pick out of Southern California, is expected to be a major part of coach Todd Bowles' defense.