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.
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.