By Kevin Ross
The Washington Redskins released their official injury report on Saturday night, and although it didn’t include any major surprises, the report raises questions about the health of left tackle Trent Williams.
Williams has experienced problems with his knee and thigh, and has consistently appeared on the injury report since September. When Mike Shanahan was asked earlier this week to elaborate about the injuries to Trent Williams, the ball coach didn’t have many words to say, “He did not practice. He’s getting a lot of treatment. We’ll check him out tomorrow.” That seemed to be an appropriate response given that there is very little chance that Williams will not play on Monday night.
Trent Williams who has played at a Pro Bowl level this season, has kept defenders off of Robert Griffin’s blindside. And without question, this is William’s best season as a professional. It’s no secret that a quarterback’s success is handcuffed to the abilities of his left tackle. And big Trent Williams has made sure that RG3 can perform at an optimal level come Sundays.
But things haven’t always been glorious for Trent Williams, who had a lot of growing up to do after being suspended last season for failing multiple drug tests. Coach Shanahan, spoke about the maturity that Williams has displayed since returning to football. “Coach [Bob] Stoops said Trent was probably the best athlete he’s ever had at Oklahoma as an offensive or defensive lineman. He could play either one. The question was work ethic. When is he going to get to the next level? I’ve seen that maturity since he’s been here, learning how to be a pro, learning how to be accountable, learning how to lead, different things that you’re hoping your guys are going to do. But you’re never positive he’s going to be able to do it or have the discipline to do it. I’ve been pleased with how he’s handled himself the last year. You can see the progress and you can see it in his play as well.”
Williams will once again be called upon to lead the Redskins offensive line against what is widely believed as the best defensive line in the game. Williams brought his “A’ game earlier this season against the New York Giants, and was a key factor to why the Redskins had a chance to win that competition.
Williams has traditionally held his own facing the Giants as his game translates well against New York’s speed rushers because he’s able to use his great athleticism. Coach Shanahan took time to speak about the athletic ability that Williams brings to the game. “He’s the best athlete, offensive lineman I’ve ever been around. I’ve never seen a guy with that type of athletic ability. There’s not guys that are 325 pounds that run a 4.7-4.75 every time. He’s got tremendous quickness, pass protection, running game – everything you look for in a lineman. So he’s going to set the standard by the way he works, by the way he takes care of himself. We’ve seen the strides over the last year. The sky is the limit for him.”
The Washington Redskins Injury Report:
Questionable – (LB) London Fletcher – Ankle; (LT) Trent Williams – Thigh
Probable – (WR) Pierre Garcon – Foot; (LB) Chris Wilson – Hamstring; (CB) Josh Wilson – Shoulder
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Kevin Ross is a freelance writer covering all things Washington Redskins. His work can be found on Examiner.com.