The Redskins acknowledged on Friday that offensive tackle Trent Williams is indeed suffering from a concussion and is in the NFL’s protocol for head injuries.
He did not practice for a second straight day and has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Jets in the Meadowlands. The reason given on the NFL’s official injury report was “neck/concussion.”
Prior to Friday’s designation, Williams was listed on the report as spine/limited on Wednesday and a neck/did not practice on Thursday.
The injury occurred at some point during Sunday’s loss in Atlanta. After the game Williams was feeling unwell, a team spokesman said at the time, and was not permitted to speak to reporters. On Friday, the spokesman said Williams had been given and passed a baseline test following the game.
Things changed on Wednesday, however. Williams participated in some individual drills during the early portion of the week’s first practice and began experiencing concussion-like symptoms afterward, according to Coach Jay Gruden.
“After the game, we checked him for a lot of things,” Gruden said. “He was feeling okay. But then he started to develop some concussion-like symptoms and put him in the protocol and he’s out because of that.”
Asked when Williams was diagnosed with a concussion, Gruden said: “I would say we practiced him, I believe it was Wednesday, he did individual, just individual. We had him as limited.”
“Then,” Gruden added, "he just developed …a few headaches and things of that nature. So we wanted to play it safe with him and got him tested [for a concussion] and that’s where he is right now.
Gruden said he believes the concussion is the first that Williams, a three-time Pro Bowler and unit captain, has sustained as a member of the Redskins.
Although he did not practice at all on Thursday or Friday, Williams attended meetings and watched the sessions from the sideline.
Sunday’s game will mark just the second Williams has missed since the end of 2011 season.