Wizards fans may not be all that familiar with A.J. Price, the backup guard who signed in Washington two weeks ago.But theres one player on the Redskins who knows Prices game. Just eight years ago, the two formed the starting backcourt on one of New Yorks dominant high school basketball teams.Young was the point guard and Price was the shooting guard when the duo led Amityville to state titles in 2001 and 2002.The good old days, Young said, cracking a huge smile as he reminisced. I won a couple of state rings with him.God works in some mysterious ways, he added, how we could be together then, lose contact in college, and be together again now.The two have stayed in contact through the years and Young has closely followed Prices career.He started out playing early in his career, then he kind of fell off when the Pacers brought in Darren Collison and George Hill, Young continued as he detailed the particulars of his friends time in Indiana.Young said Price texted him moments after he signed with the Wizards July 24, seeking housing advice. Apparently, Price had no idea the Redskins training facility is some 30 miles northwest of Verizon Center.He asked me where I lived around here, Young said, chuckling. I told him Im nowhere near DC.The old friends havent hooked up since Price joined the Wizards, but Young is looking forward to it and inviting him to a Redskins game.Hes going to come out to some games, Young said. Hes never been to a pro game. So I said, You got to come see me. I always go see you when you played the Wizards.
On Wednesday, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said that six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams would not play on Sunday against the Texans.
"That's for sure," the coach said.
By Friday, the tune had changed. Drastically.
Gruden said that Williams' status on Sunday will come down to the medical staff. The coach added that Williams has to be comfortable in whatever cast will support his dislocated thumb.
As for Williams, he would not say for sure that he's going to play. But after talking with him for a few minutes in the Redskins locker room, it seems like the medical staff will be hard pressed to keep him off the field.
I asked Trent Williams if the pain has subsided. “Hell nah, but I want to try and fight through it” pic.twitter.com/kfvZ4SYxC8— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) November 16, 2018
Williams missed the Redskins last two games after injuring his thumb in a victory over the Giants. Without him, the Redskins offensive line performed admirably, but both tackles Morgan Moses and Ty Nsekhe are fighting through a number of injuries.
The thumb injury required surgery, which happened about two weeks ago and came with a rough four-week timetable for recovery. Williams is attempting to cut that in half.
Asked about Williams possibly playing Sunday, Redskins running back Adrian Peterson said he wants his friend and teammate to be smart about his future. Peterson said "there's a lot of football left" but the running back also added that there were situations watching Texans film this week where "it'd be real nice to have Trent out there."
Williams himself said that it must be tough for Peterson, as the two are close friends. Obviously, the running back wants the star tackle out on the field, but he also cares about his long-term future.
Notes: Redskins K Dustin Hopkins landed on the injury report earlier with a groin injury in the week and the team brought in other kickers for tryouts on Tuesday. On Friday, Hopkins said he was pain-free and planned to "give it a go" Sunday against Houston.
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The main news on Friday at Redskins Park was the surprising return to the practice field by Trent Williams.
That wasn't the only notable development when it comes to injuries, though.
During his end-of-the-week podium session, Jay Gruden ruled Samaje Perine out for Sunday's game against the Texans. The second-year back has a calf injury and won't be able to go in Week 11.
As of Friday afternoon, that leaves the 'Skins with just two healthy running backs in Adrian Peterson and Kapri Bibbs. Chris Thompson is on the active roster as well, but he's dealing with rib issues and he's going to be absent when Houston visits.
This means you should expect to see Byron Marshall in Burgundy and Gold come kickoff. Marshall has been on IR with an ankle injury since the start of the year but said he's been healthy for a while now and would be ready to step in as the third back.
The majority of offensive snaps the past few weeks have gone to Peterson and Bibbs, so Marshall shouldn't figure into things too much when the Redskins have the ball. He showed flashes in some spot duty in 2017, though, so if need be, he could be productive for Gruden.
With Trey Quinn already back on the 53, if/when the team elects to bring back Marshall, the Redskins will be out of IR activations. NFL rules stipulate each club only gets two per season.
UPDATE: Marshall was activated off of IR Saturday afternoon. WR Brian Quick was released to make room.
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