Trent Williams could be sidelined Sunday, but that might not have any bearing on the Redskins’ decision to play—or sit—Kirk Cousins, Coach Jay Gruden said.
Williams was downgraded to ‘did not practice’ on Friday after being a limited participant on Thursday due to knee and foot soreness. The four-time Pro Bowler’s status might not be determined until game day.
“We'll have to wait and see how he does in pre-game warmup if we dress him, but there's a chance he won't dress,” Gruden said. “We just wanted to keep him off [from practice] today. We were on the [artificial] turf. We didn't want to get some unnecessary pounding on it [his knee].”
If Williams doesn’t play, the job of protecting Cousins’ blindside will go to backup Ty Nsekhe.
Nsekhe, who is the biggest player on the Redskins’ roster at 6 foot 8, 325-pounds, has played 131 snaps this season (at left and right tackle) and has earned a positive grade from ProFootballFocus.com. According to PFF, he’s allowed one sack and three pressures.
Gruden said he’s confident that Nsekhe—if he’s called upon—can get the job done against Greg Hardy and the Cowboys’ 24th ranked pass rush (30 sacks).
“I think [Ty] Nsekhe has played well in his subs in the time he’s had to play,” Gruden said. “He's a big man and he's going to have to come in there and compete if Trent can't play. You know, injuries do happen. Like I said yesterday, guys have stepped up. Worst-case scenarios have happened and we've overcome a lot of them. Nsekhe's got to get himself ready and he's done that. He's practiced well throughout the season. He's spelled Morgan Moses a few times and done well.”