Redskins tackle Trent Williams could be sidelined until training camp due to an injury he sustained in the season finale against Dallas.
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Williams, who suffered a high left ankle sprain against the Cowboys and then aggravated the injury while practicing for the Pro Bowl about a month later, said he plans to continue to rehab in the coming months in the hopes of being 100-percent at the start of training camp in late July.
“My mind frame was to try and get it 100-percent before we go into camp,” Williams said Wednesday at Redskins Park after watching practice from the sideline. “Obviously, [I] didn’t want to suffer any setbacks during OTAs. I want to have it 100-percent so I can put this thing behind me and give my team the best.”
Williams made a trip to Charlotte, N.C., to see Dr. Robert Anderson, a noted foot and ankle specialist, prior to OTAs. Williams said he was told surgery will not be necessary.
“We got it pinpointed to exactly what it is,” Williams added. “It’s encouraging knowing that we have the right plan intact that will help me get on the field a little quicker.”
Williams and Coach Jay Gruden didn’t sound concerned. But anytime a unit captain, who is also three-time Pro Bowler, is still hobbled by an injury he suffered in December, the situation bears watching.
“In the offseason, he did some things in Phase 1 and just felt like it was a little sore,” Gruden said. “So he’s going to take some time off and rehab it and make sure he’s right for training camp. We don’t want that thing to be good one week, bad the next week. We want to make sure that thing is fully strengthened so he’s good to go for training camp.”
Williams also said he lost 20 pounds this offseason after getting up to 345 at the end of last season, the result of being unable to practice and train due to a litany of injuries. He said he dropped the weight by eating healthier and avoiding late night trips to Five Guys and Whataburger.
“It’s kind of hard,” Williams said. “I have a [Whataburger] literally about a mile from my house [in Houston]. It’s so tough not to get up and go there at 12 o’clock at night.”