Trent Williams practices despite wrist injury

Trent Williams practices despite wrist injury
August 1, 2013, 6:15 pm
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El-Bashir: RG3 continues to increase workload

RICHMOND – After missing practice Wednesday, Redskins Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams took part in drills Thursday sporting a heavy wrap on his left wrist and hand.

“We’re going to make it [a] hard [cast],” Coach Mike Shanahan said. “We don’t want him to make the wrist any worse than it is right now.”

Williams did not appear limited in the drills, other than the fact that he cannot use his left hand to grab onto a defender. It’s not ideal, Shanahan conceded, but it allows Williams to continue to practice while the injury heals.

“When you have basically a ball like he does, it keeps him from grabbing onto anything,” Shanahan continued. “So he gets to get into shape from a football standpoint, but it’s very awkward because he can’t use his hand. So he’s got to use one hand. It’s a little bit tougher for him. That’s the only way I can see that he can practice and protect the wrist.”

Some other notes and quotes from Shanahan’s post-practice news conference:

  • RG3 looked sharp as he completed 16 of 17 passes in 7-on-7 drills. “He’s got to get that other completion,” Shanahan cracked.  “We’re a little disappointed. We’ll push him a little bit harder tomorrow.” 
  • Safety Brandon Meriweather (ACL surgery) continues to be withheld from team drills. “He’s not ready to go in team situations yet,” Shanahan said. “We’re not going put him in team situations until we feel he’s ready to compete.”
  • Donte’ Stallworth (hamstring), DeAngelo Hall (ankle), Fred Davis (scheduled), Chris Thompson, Kory Lichtensteiger and Reed Doughty were not in pads for practice. Thompson, who is working his way back from ACL surgery, has not practiced yet this week.
  • Two new injuries occurred Thursday. Cornerback Richard Crawford and wide receiver Josh Morgan both hurt their hamstrings during practice. It’s unclear how serious the injuries are, but Shanahan said Morgan described his injury as a “strain”.