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Derrius Guice injured his knee in Philadelphia, and in turn, Adrian Peterson should resume his spot on top of the Redskins running back depth chart. 

What nobody knows, however, is what, if any, impact that change could have on Trent Williams. 

For a quick crash course on the situation, Williams has been holding out from the Redskins since the start of the 2019 season. He skipped OTAs, minicamp, training camp, all four preseason games and on Sunday he missed the Redskins' season-opening loss to Philadelphia. 

What exactly is Williams holding out for? That's a complicated answer. Some reports say it's about money, others say it's about protesting the Washington medical staff, and others suggest Williams is standing up for other, less prominent players. 

Whatever it is, the Redskins don't have their best offensive player.

Last week, there was some speculation that while Williams would not return for Week 1, he could be back as soon as Week 2 when the Cowboys come to town. That could still happen, but with Guice now out and Peterson presumably in, will that impact the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle?

Probably not. 

"I have not talked to Trent," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Monday.

Williams and Peterson are friends. They work out together in the offseason and hold some joint business interests in Houston. Both played college football at University of Oklahoma.

But Williams and Peterson have been friends for years. They were friends last month when Williams didn't report to training camp, and they were friends when Williams didn't play in the preseason. 

 

Almost everyone assumed Williams' holdout would last into the regular season, long before the prospect of Peterson being a healthy scratch ever existed. 

The point is Williams is deciding his own course regardless of the running back. He did not decide to hold out and miss months of action because of what back might be in the backfield, and it seems unlikely that Guice's injury and Peterson's possible return to the lineup will change Williams' decision. 

Something happened that caused Williams to take his stance. It was likely major, and it's probably resonated with Redskins players in ways the public doesn't understand. 

Peterson's Week 1 benching also resonated with Redskins players. Right tackle Morgan Moses called it a "slap in the face." Plenty of other players were upset. 

Still, Williams started on his track months before Peterson ever got benched, months before Guice injured his knee. 

Trent Williams made the decision to stay away from the Redskins for his own reasons. A change at running back now, no matter how dramatic, likely won't be enough to change that. 

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