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Trent Williams believes knee injury not as serious as it appeared

October 10, 2010 - 05:43 PM
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Rookie left tackle went down with a left knee injury on the final play of regulation and is expected to receive an MRI on Monday. (Photo: Jay Westcott)

Rookie left tackle Trent Williams said that he passed the initial ACL tests administered to him and that he believes that he simply aggravated the knee injury he suffered three weeks ago.

Williams hurt his left knee while trying to help tackle Green Bay defensive back Tramon Williams, who made an interception on the last play of regulation of the Redskins' 16-13 overtime victory over the Packers.

The tackle writhed on the ground in pain and stomped his right foot as trainers were beginning to tend to him.

“It’s very tough,” Williams said. “You kind of see your whole season flash before you and you just pray it’s nothing serious and hope the doctors get out there fast enough to stop the pain.”

Williams went back into the game on the Redskins’ first offensive possession of overtime, and he picked up blitzers on each play during that drive. The Redskins ended up having to punt, however, and on their second possession of overtime, the Redskins’ trainers held Williams out.

“I could put weight on it, they just held me out, though, not wanting me to get hurt worse,” Williams said. “It hurt a lot, but I just wanted to win. I wanted to do everything in my power to help the team win. It was tough to do a lot of stuff, but I just tried to muscle up enough to be able to protect the quarterback. I just wanted to win. I went back out there risking futher injury just because of my hunger to win.”

Williams said that he expects to have an MRI on Monday.

Washington’s other book-end, right tackle Jammal Brown, also injured his left knee in the game. Brown said that he had fallen down on a play and his leg was up in the air and a defender jammed it downward.

Brown described the injury as a “slight sprain,” and expected to get an MRI, but didn’t think it was a very serious injury.

“I thought I was going to be able to finish the game,” said Brown, whose injury was during the second quarter. He sat out a series and came in on the next. “I went back out there and it just got tighter on me, so I had to come out.”

Said coach Mike Shanahan: "I thought [Williams] was out for sure. I thought it was real serious, and we're keeping our fingers crossed. We don't think that there's any structural damage to either Jammal or Trent, so that's a good sign." 

With Williams and Brown out, the Redskins quickly had to scramble. Stephon Heyer had taken over at right tackle for Brown, but then in overtime after Williams’ injury, he switched to left tackle. Right guard Artis Hicks moved over to right tackle, a position he has played before in his career, and the spot he spent the offseason lining up at before Brown was acquired. And Will Montgomery came in at right guard.

“I’ve been in that situation before where I’ve had to bump out and I just tried to stay calm and win my one-on-one matchup,” Hicks said. “This win was huge because 3-2 is a lot better than 2-3 and the type of win that we got. It was just huge. It shows a lot of character. First half, we didn‘t do anything good offensively, second half, fourth quarter, later on, we were able to just dig in and scratch and claw our way to some points and get the win”

The patchwork line held up, and the Redskins didn’t give up a sack on the final drive of overtime. Washington, which got the ball at the Green Bay 39-yard line after a LaRon Landry interception, went 24 yards in six plays and then won the game on a 33-yard Graham Gano field goal.

“It just shows that we have the ultimate confidence in all of our guys on the line,” Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said of going to the backups with the game on the line. “All those guys did a tremendous job.”

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