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Redskins' OT Trent Williams likely done for the year

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Redskins' OT Trent Williams likely done for the year

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams did not play in his team’s game against the Cardinals on Sunday. And after listening to him talk in the locker room on Wednesday, it sounds like we might not see him again this year.

Williams said that he might decide to go ahead and get surgery on the knee he injured in Week 4 before the season is over. Since the injury, he has missed three games and he has only participated in the light practices at the end of the week. He has been saving his strength for the games. The eight-year veteran played well enough to earn his sixth consecutive Pro Bowl.

He said that his knee is not feeling any better or really any worse than it has most of the year. The difference is that in the last game in which Williams played, which was in Week 14 against the Chargers, the Redskins were still mathematically alive for a playoff spot. After they lost that game, they were eliminated.

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“At the end of the day, our goal was to be in the playoffs,” he said. “That’s not going to happen so now it’s time to start looking toward getting healthy again.”

Williams is not on injured reserve so he could play if needed.

“As of right now, I can be there for emergencies,” he said. “I’m not sure, it’s up to Jay. I’ve definitely got to have surgery and it’s going to be a lengthy recovery so that’s what I’m going to direct my focus on right now.”

When Gruden was asked on Monday if the team planned to put Williams on injured reserved he said that decision had “not quite” been made.

But it appears that the situation is evolving. Williams said that he might not wait until after the season is over to get the surgery done. While he might wait until after Christmas Day, which is the day after the Redskins play the Broncos, he said that he could have it done before the end of the season. He also might wait and see if tackles Ty Nsekhe and Morgan Moses make it through the Broncos game in good health.  

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The recovery is six months and he sounds like he wants to get started on the rehab process as soon as possible. A sixth-month recovery would have Williams missing all of the offseason program but ready for the start of training camp in late July.

Williams said that he has not had surgery before.

“Uncharted waters for me. I’ve never had a surgery in my life, not a real surgery to repair something,” he said.

He admitted to being “scared as hell” about the prospect.

Stay up to date on the Redskins. Rich Tandler covers the team 365 days a year. Like his Facebook page Facebook.com/TandlerNBCS and follow him on Twitter @TandlerNBCS.

 

 

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The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

The 2018 NFL schedule is here, but we still don't really know anything

The NFL dropped the Redskins' 2018 regular-season schedule on Thursday and everybody will predict the team’s season-long record. 

It’s a fun exercise, and something the football world enjoys doing.

Myself included. 

But don’t read much, if anything, into the schedule right now. 

Every year, some teams look mighty in the offseason only to fall apart in the regular season. 

Need an example? Many predicted the Giants to be the beasts of the NFC East in 2017, and the Eagles to finish last in the NFC East. 

What actually happened? The Giants finished 3-13 and the Eagles won the Super Bowl. 

The NFL cannot be predicted year to year. It can hardly be predicted week to week. 

Last season, two December home games against the Broncos and Cardinals looked very daunting when the schedule came out. Instead, that was a two-game win streak. 

Enjoy the schedule release. It’s a fun time to guess what will happen in 2018.

But remember, once the games start, anything can happen. 

(For the record: My prediction is 9-7.)

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Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

Redskins release official 2018 regular-season schedule

The 2018 NFL regular-season schedule is finally here.

We’ve known who the Redskins will play in the 2018 season and where the games will be played since the regular season ended.

Now we know the when.

Here is the Redskins 2018 schedule; games are at 1:00 Eastern unless otherwise indicated.

The first thing that jumps out is the Thanksgiving game. This will be the third straight year that the Redskins have played on Thanksgiving. Two years ago they lost at Dallas and last year the got a win over the Giants at home. 

Three Thanksgiving games in a row for a team that is not the Lions or Cowboys, the two teams that traditionally host on Turkey Day, is not without precedent although it is unusual. Besides Dallas and Detroit, only two teams have played in three straight Thanksgiving games since the 1970 merger.

The Bears played every Thanksgiving from 1979-1981. The Cardinals also played three straight, but there is an asterisk there since they hosted the game instead of the Cowboys in 1975 and 1977. In between the played at Dallas on Thanksgiving.

Washington Redskins 2018 Regular-Season Schedule

Week 1: Sunday, 9/9. 4:05 PM at Arizona Cardinals
Week 2 Sunday, 9/16 vs Indianapolis Colts
Week 3 Sunday, 9/23 vs Green Bay Packers
Week 4 BYE
Week 5 Monday, 10/8. 8:15 at New Orleans Saints 
Week 6 Sunday, 10/14. vs Carolina Panthers
Week 7 Sunday, 10/21. 4:25 vs Cowboys
Week 8 Sunday, 10/28.  At New York Giants
Week 9 Sunday, 11/4. vs Atlanta Falcons 
Week 10 Sunday, 11/11. At Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Week 11 Sunday, 11/18. vs Houston Texans 
Week 12 Thursday, 11/22 (Thanksgiving).  4:30 at Dallas Cowboys 
Week 13 Monday, 12/3. 8:15 at Philadelphia Eagles 
Week 14 Sunday, 12/9. vs New York Giants 
Week 15 Sunday, 12/16. At Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 16 Sunday, 12/23.  At Tennessee Titans (Time TBD)
Week 17 Sunday, 12/30. vs Philadelphia Eagles

2018 REDSKINS SCHEDULE NOTES:

  • If the Redskins are going to take advantage of home cooking, they will need to get off to a good start. They have five home games in the first half of the season. After Week 9 they have just three home games and they face a stretch of four road games in five weeks in late November and December. Three of the teams in that stretch, the Eagles, Jaguars, and Titans, made the playoffs and won at least one game. The Eagles, of course, won it all. The other road game in that stretch is against the Cowboys, who finished 9-7 last year. 
     
  • The Redskins will open on the road for the first time since 2014 when they opened in Houston. This year they will have to travel west to Arizona and try to win to remove the goose egg in Jay Gruden’s 0-4 opening-game record as coach of the Redskins.
     
  • They get an early bye, in Week 4. That will be their earliest bye week since 2007 when the bye also came in Week 4. 
     
  • On the plus side, their two games in Florida come at times when hot weather is unlikely to be a factor. Their game in Tampa comes in November and the contest at Jacksonville comes in mid-December. 
     

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