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Trent Williams to have tests on injured left knee

Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams left Sunday's 30-27 overtime loss to the Houston Texans with a knee injury in the fourth quarter, leaving Washington with a makeshift offensive line for the final possession of regulation and its only overtime set of downs.

Williams, the fourth overall pick in the April draft, was beaten by Houston Pro Bowler Mario Williams on a play with roughly 90 seconds remaining in regulation. He lay on the field in obvious pain and had to be helped off by two members of the Redskins training staff.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Williams would have an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury. Williams said he was tested for a tear of his anterior cruciate ligament on the field and passed. He also left wearing a walking boot to protect his left toe.

"Just got banged-up, that's all," Williams said afterward, when he limped around the home locker room, grabbing the sides of his locker stall to lift himself from his chair.

Williams said he did not know when he would find out whether he would miss any time. His mood afterward, though, was glum, and he spoke in short sentences.

"It's very frustrating," Williams said. "It is. To be injured and also let the game slip away like we did, it's frustrating."

Williams's injury left the Redskins with Stephon Heyer as the left tackle; Heyer had been rotating with Jammal Brown at right tackle.

"It's not easy, but you've just got to come to play," Heyer said. "You've got to be prepared for everything."

Brown has started both regular season games, with Heyer playing every third series at right tackle. Derrick Dockery and Kory Lichtensteiger continued to rotate at left guard against the Texans as well.

"It's tough getting a rhythm, getting the blood flowing or anything," Heyer said. "But that's what they're trying to do, trying to get a rotation going."

If Williams is out for next Sunday's game at St. Louis, it's unlikely Heyer will be part of any rotation. He could be starting at left tackle. Heyer started 28 games in his first three years in the NFL.

"Trent's a great young talent, and we know that he's going to be the best left tackle in the game in a couple years," right guard Artis Hicks said. "But if he's out for a while, and I don't know if he is, then hey, Stephon's a starter. Stephon Heyer, he's been out there before. He's been in the thick of things. He's proven he can be a starter in this league."

By Barry Svrluga  |  September 19, 2010; 9:11 PM ET
Categories:  Trent Williams  
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Comments

Yeah..he passed the test...if he gets hurt we are in deep do do.

Posted by: Masonman | September 19, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

I'd blame the 65 yr old ref that didn't see Williams get out of bounds. The next play was out of synch as a result and TW went down.

Pretty pathetic excuse but completely true.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 19, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

JFK says he passed the ACL and MCL tests...

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 19, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Kid did great tody.

Wish the same could be said for our secondary.

http://fatherball.blogspot.com/

Posted by: OrganicWater | September 19, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

Actually Mr. Hicks, Stephon has proven he can't be a starter in this league.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 19, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

The problem is the the fact that we went into this season with 1 legit FS and he's hurt. We also continue to get pushed around like 90 lb weaklings on the DL. The DL overpursues too hard and the backside doesn't contain on both sides. The DBs looked confused at times and lost Andre Johnson of all people!
The running game is something I'm not concerned with because the passing game was working today. They still need to get it going but today they went with the passing game.
Overall, the I like what I saw on the O; the D needs to dip that ice cream style of play in liquid nitrogen!

Posted by: priceisright | September 19, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

Trent played well again. Heyer is terrible.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 19, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

If we have to go back to starting Heyer we're done. We had all off season to upgrade that loser and now we have to live with the consequences.

Heyer starting = McNabb injured

And what is up with the D giving up 500+ yards?

Posted by: edvar | September 19, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Hey all, I was at the game and didn't realize we averaged 1.1 yards per carry? Crazy. Other than that, how did we look? It seemed like injuries were a factor late in the game.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 19, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 19, 2010 9:34 PM

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Clinton had 11 carries and 33 yards with a 3.1 average. Mr. LJ contributed to the 1.1 average.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | September 19, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

We knew this would happen.

Matt Schaub takes a scalpel to the Redskin secondary.

and to think we actually sacked him 5 times - hurried him a few more?!?

CP is no longer capable of making people miss.

We knew this also.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | September 19, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

I thought Davis was working hard at being a better blocker? He looks terrible trying to block. He's a heck of a pass catcher, but pretty lame (still) in blocking. Why is that sooooo hard to improve?

Maybe Portis should have a little after practice session for some of those guys. He was blowing guys up out there.

Posted by: edvar | September 19, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

I think there is a very strong possibility J Brown goes to LT and Heyer is at RT if TW is out next week.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 19, 2010 9:41 PM | Report abuse

bbeeeeppss

Posted by: RomoLongballs | September 19, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse


Beeps to fat boy

Posted by: hessone | September 19, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Donovan played great today. Too bad he cant play defensive back

Posted by: dc4life | September 19, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

The loss was tough, but with the ginas losing now, we could maintain a tie for first. 9-7 could win this division. Playing to the wire with 2 playoff teams and top ranked offenses of last year is a positive change this team has lacked in sometime

Posted by: hcic55 | September 19, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how good Williams is gonna be but when you look at this guy he's not built like a prototypical NFL left tackle like Jonathan Ogden.

he has short arms and the guy is built more like a guard.

Posted by: joek443 | September 19, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how good Williams is gonna be but when you look at this guy he's not built like a prototypical NFL left tackle like Jonathan Ogden.

he has short arms and the guy is built more like a guard.

Posted by: joek443 | September 19, 2010 9:56 PM | Report abuse

I bet athletes feed off these types of opinions- "Well, he's not big enough to play [insert position]." If I were a pro athlete, I'd make it my mission to make every one who makes this kind of remark EAT CROW!

Posted by: jboogie1 | September 20, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

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