The Redskins are now less than three weeks away from taking the field in Philadelphia to kick off their regular season on Sept. 8, and Washington's cornerstone left tackle has still yet to report to the team.
As the Burgundy and Gold gear up for their third preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, left tackle Trent Williams continues to hold out.
After the Redskins practice on Monday concluded, head coach Jay Gruden was asked if he had any updates on the situation. He immediately shot that down.
"There are no updates whatsoever," he said.
The third preseason game is usually the 'dress rehearsal' for the regular season, with the starters playing close to a half before the reserves enter. But No. 71 still remains absent from Redskins Park and has given the team zero indication whether he plans on returning or not.
For now, Washington must roll with the players they have present.
"We're preparing with the guys we have right now," Gruden said. "That's all we can do. We're getting Geron [Christianson] ready. We're getting [Donald] Penn ready. So we'll go that route."
Throughout his holdout, Williams has chosen to remain silent. He has not spoken publicly once since the start, and the actual reasons he has still yet to show up still remain in the rumor phase. He has reportedly made it clear he doesn't plan to return, and other teams have reached out about a potential trade.
Redskins running back Adrian Peterson, one of Williams' longtime close friends, doesn't even know what Williams plans to do.
"I shot my shot. I know how Trent is, so I just left it alone," Peterson told reporters last week. "After we talked that first time about it, I wasn't going to be the guy that was going to pester him or anything like that... I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't come back, and if he did, I wouldn't be surprised. That's honestly where I sit."
When asked on Monday if he had communicated with Williams during his absence, Gruden refused to give reporters a clear answer.
"Talked? Maybe," Gruden said on his communication with the Redskins' Silverback. "Texted, talked, maybe. It is what it is right now. He's not here, so we're going to talk about the people we have."
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