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Trent Williams ends holdout [UPDATE]

Washington has struggled in a big way with Trent Williams sitting out. They won’t be much better with him returning from his holdout, but it’s a step forward.

Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams plays against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on December 22, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images

Trent Williams status update

Williams has reported to the team, but he has no intention of playing this season, per beat writer JP Finlay. I suppose a random injury may pop up that keeps him from playing.

Washington elected not to trade offensive tackle Trent Williams before the 2019 NFL trade deadline, and now he is planning to return to the team for Week 9. Williams had been holding out all season due to his displeasure with the team’s medical staff. By returning now, he avoids his contract tolling and forcing him to play another year in Washington.

The team had reportedly been in discussions to trade Williams, with the Browns mentioned regularly in recent days. Washington is 1-7 on the season with their only win coming against the Miami Dolphins. They’ve got some winnable games remaining on the schedule, including home games against the Jets and Giants. Adding Williams will give them a boost and potentially cost them some draft position.

Fantasy football analysis: Washington offense

Rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins and veteran Case Keenum have to be happy. Regardless of who starts moving forward, they’ll have a strong left tackle back in place sooner rather than later. It boosts fantasy stock across the board, and while it’s not exactly a huge boost given the state of the team, it’s an improvement nonetheless.