Since Trent Williams missed mandatory minicamp last week his status with the Redskins has been anything but clear.
Multiple reports stated that Williams was holding out for a new contract, and one report said that the seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle was actually angry with the team's medical staff and that he refused to again play for the Redskins organization.
While Williams and his representatives have not spoken or issued a statement, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden talked about wanting Williams back with the team but understanding the player is frustrated due to the timing of a diagnosis of a non-cancerous tumor on his head.
Washington Team President Bruce Allen explained to NBC Sports Washington that he knows the truth about the situation with Williams and that the two have spoken, but would not reveal the circumstances behind Williams' absence (see above video).
All of that is a long way to say the situation between the Redskins best offensive player and the team are anything but stable. Then, Thursday morning, Williams posted a picture to his Instagram story revealing what looked like another medical procedure.
Picture from Trent Williams Instagram story. Looks like he’s clearly undergoing a medical procedure pic.twitter.com/roRLXXQnnM— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) June 13, 2019
UPDATE: Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported on Williams' picture: "This latest surgery is to clean up the area where the original scar was. Not considered major, not related to a setback."
To be clear, there is no explanation with the picture, but it seems obvious Williams is being tended to by medical professionals and in a medical facility.
Numerous league sources said that Williams' holdout might stem from being upset with the Redskins medical personnel, but that his contract is the real issue. Williams has two years remaining on his deal that will pay him more than $25 million, but little of that money is guaranteed. Further, since Williams signed his current deal in 2015, the marketplace for offensive linemen has exploded with much higher salaries.
Williams is the team's best offensive linemen, and without him, the unit could be in big trouble. Veteran backup Ty Nsekhe signed with the Bills this offseason, and the 'Skins have little depth at the tackle spot.
What William's Instagram story means remains a mystery, but it's just one more layer in the current saga between the star left tackle and the Redskins organization.
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