When Trent Williams went in for knee surgery following the 2017 season, doctors were at first stunned that he had been able to play through the injury as much as he did.
But those doctors must not be close followers of Williams' career, considering how often the left tackle suits up at less (and sometimes far less) than 100-percent. People who watch the Burgundy and Gold consistently, of course, have long grown used to No. 71's toughness.
And now that he's months removed from the procedure and has six weeks to go until the Redskins begin training camp, the 29-year-old revealed Wednesday he plans to be on the field when things get going in Richmond.
"I'll be ready before camp," Williams said after Washington's final minicamp practice. "You don't really know how football's going to feel until you play football, but I'm back to pretty much doing everything I was doing before."
The perennial Pro Bowler underwent a tibial tubercle osteotomy. For those of you who aren't already familiar with that very common-sounding medical operation, the TTO was meant to better align the joints in his kneecap. Doctors also performed a slight microfracture surgery on Williams, too.
Yet despite all of the ailments he's dealt with during his time in D.C., this offseason is actually Williams' first time rehabbing from a surgery.
Combine that with other offensive players like Chris Thompson, Morgan Moses, Jordan Reed and Ty Nsekhe sitting out during these May and June sessions in Ashburn as well, and you might start to get a bit concerned even with Week 1 still a ways off.
But Williams' chat with reporters should assuage those concerns, at least when it comes to him. In fact, when one media member joined the scrum a bit late and asked the lineman to confirm he'd be healthy enough to compete in Richmond right away, Williams was happy to reiterate he would be.
"Of course," he said. And he finished that sentence with a little extra something — much like the blocks you'll see from him once he returns.
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