- 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

Wide receiver Pierre Garcon emerged from his five-catch, 93-yard performance without any setbacks on his sore right foot that had caused him to miss most of the season.

“I always have confidence, but when you perform well on an injured foot, it just makes the injury feel a little bit better, not totally go away,” Garcon said. “But there’s still a long way, still a lot of treatment that needs to be done, a lot of things that need to be looked at. But it’s coming along.”

Garcon is “back to reality” dealing with pain now and trying to focus on getting ready for the Giants.

He’s not fully ready to go, so the Redskins have to be careful with him.

“The main thing is he’s feeling good about where he’s at and what he has to do,” Shanahan said. “We’re not going to overwork him, but we’re going to give him enough reps where he can be effective just like he was Thursday and hopefully he keeps on playing at that level.”

Extra points

• The Redskins put inside linebacker Keenan Robinson on season-ending injured reserve with a torn right pectoral muscle and signed linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy, who was a fourth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2010.

• The team has until Tuesday to decide whether to activate right tackle Jammal Brown (left hip) or place him on IR. Shanahan demurred on announcing the decision until he spoke with Brown but said he had an idea what decision was coming.

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