When Trent Williams ran into Kory Lichtensteiger on the third play of the Washington Redskins‘ Thanksgiving Day victory over the Dallas Cowboys, the pain was overwhelming. The left tackle suffered deep left thigh bruise but refused to come out of the game.
He was at 60 percent the rest of the game and hasn’t practiced since, but Williams will more than likely be in the starting lineup when the Redskins face the New York Giants and the likes of Osi Umenyiora and Mathias Kiwanuka.
“It’s a must,” Williams said. “I’ll be out there.”
“I just feel like for me to be a huge asset to this team I have to play hurt, and I have to be able to finish games,” Williams said.
Williams is the anchor of an offensive line that has played almost every snap together this season. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, center Will Montgomery, right guard Chris Chester and right tackle Tyler Polumbus have missed no time, and Williams only missed part of one game with a bone bruise in his knee.
Even without tackle Jammal Brown, whose career is in doubt with a left hip injury, the Redskins have been able to pile up yards on offense in part because of a stable offensive line.
“It goes back to OTAs working together,” Chester said. “We’ve just been building that chemistry and it helps in our communication, which is huge for an offensive line to know what someone’s going to say and know what they’re going to do and just have a feel about how they’re going to play.”
“I think he’s coming into his own as far as being one of the premier left tackles in the league,” Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. “He’s very athletic. He’s a strong, athletic guy. A lot of the teams give their lineman a lot of help and I haven’t seen the Redskins give him much help.”
“I already told him that if he needs me in the training room with him, I’ll be there. I’ll rub on his leg, whatever he needs me to do,” Griffin said with a laugh. “It’s paramount. He’s one of our leaders. He brings a certain attitude to the game as well and it completes that offensive line that’s played pretty well all year.”
“I told him he can keep that because I didn’t want people to get the wrong perception,” Williams said, smiling. “He has not rubbed my leg. At no time will he touch my upper thigh.”