Trent Williams‘ holdout will continue on into the regular season. He didn’t report to the Redskins by Wednesday, meaning that he will not be active for Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
The Washington Redskins and Trent Williams have been at a stalemate for most of the offseason as Williams holds out from the team. Williams reportedly demanded a trade a while back, but the Redskins have been steadfast that they will not deal their star left tackle.
On Tuesday, there was a brief reason for some hope, as DeAngelo Hall said that Williams could return to the team “sooner rather than later,” but it’s important to note that Williams’ potential return was to occur in Week 2 at the earliest. Barring a miracle, he would not suit up in Week 1. And now, it is confirmed that he won’t be playing.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Williams didn’t show up to the Redskins facility on Wednesday. With that said, he will now miss the start of the regular season.
Of course, it’s notable that this was always the expected outcome. Williams’ holdout was going to last into the NFL season if the Redskins didn’t trade him. They elected to stand pat, and now he’ll be out for at least Week 1. Moving forward, Williams’ potential return will be all about how much money he’s comfortable with forfeiting by staying on the sidelines. It’s a risk/reward proposition for him, as he won’t get hurt while off the field, but he loses out on short-term paydays.
The Williams situation could turn into the Le’Veon Bell holdout of last year. There will be plenty of rumors about when he will report, but until he is actually in camp, it will be hard to believe that he is coming back. That said, the major difference between Bell and Williams’ holdouts is that the Steelers were expected to be playoff contenders last year while the Redskins aren’t expected to be very good this season.
With Williams guaranteed to be out at least one week, Donald Penn will start at left tackle with Geron Christian serving as the swing option. The team only has three true tackles on their roster when including right tackle Morgan Moses in the mix. Penn was decent during the preseason as he shook off the rust of being unemployed until a week or so into training camp while Christian struggled immensely when on the field. If he’s pressed into action, the line could be in trouble.
We’ll soon see how the offensive line can hold up against a stout Eagles front. The two teams will square off in Week 1 action as the Redskins look to earn back-to-back season-opening wins.