In what seems to be an occurrence that grows more common for the Redskins by the day, another session of summer workouts was clouded by a lingering story off the field. A day after the initial story on Trent Williams holding out of mandatory minicamp broke, a new wrinkle was added on Wednesday.
Initial speculation tied Williams' absence to his contract situation, but there are now rumors circulating that the offensive lineman is holding out due to frustration with the way the team handled an injury diagnosis and that he wants to be traded or released, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
Running back Adrian Peterson is as close to Williams as anyone, as the two have formed a tight bond since their days together at Oklahoma. To him, the news was somewhat of a puzzling surprise.
“I don’t know where that came from. I talk to Trent all the time and that’s not something I’ve heard come out his mouth," Peterson said on Wednesday. "So, I don’t know.”
“There’s always going to be different reports out, you never know what to believe," Peterson added.
Peterson would not go into specifics on what the two have talked about, or what Williams has told him about his situation, opting to keep that between them.
What Peterson would talk about was the importance of having Williams remain with the team. Much like Jay Gruden said in his press conference, AP hopes his protector up front comes back soon.
"Obviously, he’s a big part, probably the biggest part of this team and offensively what we do," Peterson said. "You got that security with him there.”
As for now, Williams' situation seems to be creating more questions than answers. For a team just embarking on a new season, a lot of unnecessary headaches can stem from the outside drama.
Yet Peterson, as much as he wants his good friend back, has other things to tend to. Having gone through similar experiences throughout his NFL career, he's prepared to let Williams take care of business off the field while he continues to improve on it. In the end, Peterson does believe that Williams will return.
“I’m focused on being here, going through the reps and getting my reps in and just putting the work in. I’m not focused on that process. I’ve been there, I’ve done that so I know how it goes.”
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