Washington offensive tackle Trent Williams held out for the first eight weeks of the 2019 season because he was unhappy with how the team’s medical staff treated an injury. He was not looking for more money, but rather just did not want to work for the organization any more.
After weeks of trade rumors, Williams was not traded before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. He elected to return to the team after that so as to avoid his contract tolling. If it had tolled, he would lost a year of service and started this over next year. There are reports he will be traded in the offseason, but for now, he’s back in the building.
However, he likely won’t be playing for the team anytime soon. Following Williams’ return, beat writer J.P. Finlay reported that Williams had no intention of playing this season. And on Wednesday, the tackle’s plan might have been implemented.
Williams underwent a physical, and head coach Bill Callahan said he failed it. He apparently had a good session with doctors, according to Ian Rapoport, but then when it came time to put on his helmet, he reported “discomfort,” according to Finlay.
It is possible he has a legitimate injury, and we would not want to make light of that. But if this is related to his decision to not play this season, well, I applaud Williams. Jalen Ramsey had a back injury that cost him several games with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He was traded to the Los Angeles Rams, and the back injury cleared up in a hurry.
Williams might not be doing this, but if he is, I say, well done, sir.