Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he thinks part of the reason star left tackle Trent Williams has skipped the team’s minicamp is that Williams might be frustrated over the team’s diagnosis about a tumor on his head that had to be surgically removed this winter.
“I think where the frustration might lie is in the timing of a diagnosis; maybe he wished the diagnosis had come a little sooner,” Gruden said. “That’s my understanding.”
Gruden was responding to a CBS Sports report that said Williams has told teammates he was not happy about the way the team’s medical staff had handled “a recent medical situation” and “has demanded a trade or his release from the club” adding that Williams has “vowed not to play for them.”
Gruden confirmed that the medical issue involved the procedure done on Williams’ head. The team has not addressed the issue, saying only it was an operation done on his scalp. One person close to Williams, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, said the surgery was “a scare for Williams.” Williams has said through social media posts that he does not have cancer.
Two people with knowledge of the situation believe Williams is staying away from the team because of issues he has with the medical staff.
Gruden has talked to Williams but said they did not discuss whether the player would return. When asked if he thought Williams will be back, Gruden said: “I sure hope so.”
“Trent knows how much we want him back, and that’s the only thing I can do here,” Gruden said. “As far as what’s gong on between him and the doctors is between him and the doctors.”