Redskins Place Trent Williams On NFI List

The Redskins have placed offensive tackle Trent Williams on the non-football injury list, the club announced today. Now that he’s on NFI, Williams is out for the rest of the season.

Williams reported to Washington in late October following a season-long holdout, but he couldn’t pass his physical after reporting pain while wearing his helmet. The Redskins were reportedly attempting to find Williams a more comfortable helmet, but were apparently unable to do so.

Of course, Williams’ issues with his helmet involves a serious backstory. Williams underwent surgery during the offseason to remove a growth from his head that turned out to be cancerous. The 31-year-old first noticed the growth in 2013, but he says Redskins doctors told him the issue was not severe. However, he’s since been diagnosed with Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP), a “soft tissue sarcoma that develops in the deep layers of the skin.”

Williams’ contract is not expected to toll as a result of his being placed on NFI, meaning he’ll be under contract for one more season at a base salary of $12.5MM. The Redskins failed to trade Williams in advance of last month’s deadline, but could reportedly consider moving him in a deal this offseason.

Players on the NFI list aren’t technically required to be paid by their clubs. If Washington opts not to pay Williams, the veteran tackle would likely file a grievance against the team, tweets Dan Graziano of, opening an entirely new battle between the Redskins and their offensive line stalwart.

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  1. JJB0811

    I hope the Skins don’t pay him. He could have handled his affairs better, choose not too. There are consequences to that.

    But the reality is, its another ugly look for the franchise, whether or not they pay him. Dan’s hole is so deep for the Skins must be close to Beijing by now. Awful owner.

    • MrMet17

      He could have handled it better? From what I’m reading he found an potential health issue, the Redskins told him it wasn’t anything serious, and it turned out to be cancerous. Not sure what he could have handled better…

      • JJB0811

        If the Skins were wrong, then he should fully release all of his medical records. Easy lawsuit. But he & the NFLPA don’t want to go that route for some reason. To be nice to the Skins? Please.

        I’d really like to see what transpired over the past 5 years. The NFL is an open forum, why not this case?

        • LordBanana

          So the Redskins misdiagnose his cancer and he has to release his private medical records? How ridiculous is that.

          It’s weird that people are so eager to downplay cancer on this guys head, which the team didn’t diagnose, because he needs to tough it out and play football or something? Oh it’s just a little cancer, you need to play through that like they did in the good ole days. Oh you just have a little tumor on your head.


          • JJB0811

            How do you know the team didn’t diagnose it? That’s the point. What if they did or told him or told get a 2nd opinion and he choose not to take their advice, are they still at fault?

      • Polish Hammer

        While no cancer is good and it shouldn’t be downplayed at all, after looking up exactly what the extent of his ailment was I have a better understanding. It really is a minimal and very slow growing thing that can be dealt with by a dermatologist. Even the extraction can be done by a dermatologist in their office on a outpatient basis.

        • LordBanana

          Lmao, you don’t know the extent of his specific case, you don’t know how having a tumor on your head effects wearing a helmet.

          And sure, its slow growing, too bad the Redskins misdiagnosed it years ago so its had all this time to grow.

          Just tough it out and play thru the cancer snowflake

          • Polish Hammer

            Yeah it’s “cancer” but here’s the treatment:

            “-A high cure rate

            -Minimal scarring

            -A procedure that can be completed in an outpatient office in less than a day

            -A pain-free procedure that uses local rather than general anesthesia. This leads to a shorter recovery time at the office (because you are not put completely to sleep) and less risk, especially for younger and older patients”

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