- The Washington Times - Monday, November 26, 2012

Trent Williams is hopeful that he will be able to face the New York Giants on Dec. 3 despite suffering a deep thigh bruise Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys. The Washington Redskins left tackle did not practice Monday.

“I’m going to stay optimistic the whole time, but it’s up to coach. I should be good,” Williams said. “It’s a long week. We’ll see what happens. I should be all right, though.”

Williams injured his left thigh on the third play of Redskins‘ Thanksgiving Day victory, apparently in a collision with left guard Kory Lichtensteiger. He remained in the game.

Asked how much the injury was bothering him, Williams said: “Tremendously. I probably played at 60 percent, maybe.”

It was obvious that Williams was dealing with pain.

“You could tell with the way he was moving that he was sore,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “I was really pleased that he gutted it out and played through it. But anytime you play through a thigh bruise, you’re not going to be as effective as you’d like to be. But I appreciate him fighting through it and staying out there and finding a way to help us win.”

Williams said he would have to clear some hurdles in order to be ready for New York. He has the aid of the schedule, given that the Redskins play on “Monday Night Football” 11 days after their last game.

Shanahan could not say what the likelihood was that Williams would play.

“I have no idea,” he said. “We’ll take that day by day.”

Not ‘concerned’ on Fletcher

London Fletcher suffered a setback with his left ankle injury Thursday and did not practice Monday. But Shanahan brushed off concern about the veteran linebacker potentially missing a game. Fletcher has played in 235 consecutive games, tied for the active NFL record.

“I wouldn’t be concerned about London because he always seems to be there. I used to worry about it,” Shanahan said. “I don’t worry about it anymore. He always seems to be ready to go.”

Fletcher missed the end of the Cowboys game because the ankle was quite sore, Shanahan said. That he kept the streak alive was impressive.

“He was in that boot earlier in the week. you could tell that he couldn’t put any weight on it for a couple days,” Shanahan said. “To come out the day before and kind of fight through it and play the way he played is really pretty remarkable.”

No setback for Garcon

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