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Surgery sounds scary but Trent Williams seems fine for Redskins

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Surgery sounds scary but Trent Williams seems fine for Redskins

When Trent Williams misses games for Washington, the Redskins usually suffer. It's not rocket science, Williams is arguably the best left tackle in football and a very important cog in head coach Jay Gruden's system. 

The five-time Pro Bowler missed six games last season and the 'Skins did not fare well without him. So when news emerged eight days ago that Williams would undergo surgery during the team's bye week to repair the bursa sac in his right knee, some fans freaked out. 

Now it's time to exhale. 

"I expect Trent to go," Gruden said Monday on the Redskins Talk podcast.

"He's played with a lot worse."

Last season, Williams played through a serious knee injury that required meniscus surgery once the year ended. He played through the pain until the Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs. 

This season the Redskins have run the ball well. Before the bye, Washington ranked fourth in the NFL in rush yards, and partly on the encouragement from Williams to sign him, Adrian Peterson is having a strong start to what could be a renaissance campaign. 

Williams and the Redskins medical staff scheduled the surgery following the Packers game so he could have the full two weeks to get ready for New Orleans next Monday night. Though he did not speak with the media, Williams was spotted at Redskins Park and seemed to be moving at his normal gait. 

Coming off the bye, where the team had no practice last week, and having an extended week because of Monday Night Football gives Williams even more time to get ready. He really doesn't need to practice until Friday, though Gruden said in a press conference Williams could possibly go Thursday. 

"We'll see how he's feeling Wednesday when we get back here and go from there," Gruden said. "I'd imagine he'd be down Wednesday and hopefully we get him up Thursday, Friday."

With a talent like Williams, Thursday or Friday is largely irrelevant. Next Monday is what matters. 

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2020 NFL Mock Draft 12.0: Who needs to standout in Indianapolis?

2020 NFL Mock Draft 12.0: Who needs to standout in Indianapolis?

The NFL Scouting Combine begins next week, and there are several NFL Draft prospects looking to raise their stock.

Our latest mock draft takes a look at which players could use a solid performance at the scouting combine.

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After being a frequent top-5 pick in our early mock drafts, Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy's stock has slid a little. Could a solid performance in Indianapolis reestablish the wideout as this year's best in the class, and maybe warrant a top-5 pick?

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa likely will not participate at the combine as he continues to recover from his dislocated hip. Could Oregon's Justin Herbert take advantage of Tagovailoa's absence and catapult himself into the debate of the best signal-caller in the draft alongside LSU's Joe Burrow?

Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young, who many expect the Redskins to use the No. 2 pick on, will put his incredible athletic ability on display. Could the 20-year-old make the Bengals rethink their decision of using the No. 1 pick on a QB?

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Every year, we see several prospects who come out of nowhere during the combine and establish themselves as first-round picks. We saw it last year with Montez Sweat, Juan Thornhill, and Justice Hill.

But remember, a great combine doesn't always equate to being a first-rounder. Seahawks receiver D.K. Metcalf stole the show a year ago at the combine but fell to the end of the second round of the draft.

Next week's scouting combine is the first major event of the offseason as the NFL shifts focus to free agency and the draft.

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Jordan Reed is still in concussion protocol six months after the injury, per report

Jordan Reed is still in concussion protocol six months after the injury, per report

The seventh documented concussion of Jordan Reed's football career is still affecting him six months later.

According to a report from The Athletic CharlotteReed is still in concussion protocol from a helmet-to-helmet collision that occurred during a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons in August. 

Reed did not play a snap in 2019, as the team placed him on injured reserve in October.

The tight end is under contract through 2020, as Reed enters the final year of a five-year, $46 million extension he signed with the team in 2015.

But whether he's on the roster or not is uncertain, as NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay reported that Reed's tenure is likely over in Washington. NBC Sports Washington's Julie Donaldson reported Monday that she doesn't expect Reed to return to Washington, either.

"Do we have our tight end? Probably not," Redskins head coach Ron Rivera said on Redskins Nation on Feb. 4. "That’s a big question mark." 

According to Finlay, the Redskins can still release Reed, even if he remains in protocol.

In his six NFL seasons, Reed has never played more than 14 games in one year. Following his breakout season in 2015, Reed never was able to replicate that success.

To address their need at tight end, the Redskins are one of three teams vying for the services of tight end Greg Olsen, who was released by the Carolina Panthers a few weeks ago. Rivera coached Olsen in Carolina for eight seasons.

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