ASHBURN — Redskins left tackle Trent Williams has a torn medial patella-femoral ligament (MPFL) in his right knee that will require surgery. The question is when Williams will have the surgery.
Williams told The Fan about the injury earlier this week and that he is trying to hold off surgery until after the season. Any in-season surgery would end his 2017 campaign.
The MPFL is a ligament under the kneecap that helps keep it centered. The tear means his kneecap will move causing extreme pain and occasional locking or buckling in the injured knee. Williams has been wearing KT Tape to help support the knee and alleviate the pain.
Williams has had problems with his knee and kneecap since training camp. The injury was worsened to the point it is now on Monday Night Football against Kansas City on October 2.
The all-pro left tackle said he had a conversation with head coach Jay Gruden last Saturday before playing San Francisco in which Gruden asked Williams if he could push through with backup Ty Nsekhe (core muscle surgery) sidelined. The team captain responded by saying “Say no more” and played.
Williams is listed as questionable for Monday night against Philadelphia after not practicing all week for the second consecutive week. Nsekhe has already been ruled out. TJ Clemings would start if Williams cannot play. Clemings backup, Tyler Catalina, is also out with a concussion.
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