- The Washington Times - Monday, September 2, 2019

ASHBURN — Preparation for the regular season has begun and star left tackle Trent Williams still remains away from Washington Redskins.

And in his latest press conference, coach Jay Gruden said Monday he doesn’t have “any feeling” when the seven-time Pro Bowler will show up. Washington begins the regular season Sunday in Philadelphia and as of now, plans to start veteran Donald Penn in Williams‘ spot.

“I have no expectations whatsoever anymore,” Gruden said. “I’m kind of numb to the facts. We’re just going to coach the guys that we have. That’s all we can do right now.”

Team president Bruce Allen told NBC4 last week he still expects Williams to play for the Redskins this season, but did not indicate when. On The Athletic’s Redskins‘ podcast, “Hail to the Podcast,” former cornerback DeAngelo Hall relayed a conversation with Williams that emphasized that Williams won’t be showing up for Week 1.

“I hear some whispers that he might show up,” Hall said. “And then I talked to him and it’s like, ‘Nah, I’m not showing up. We haven’t talked, we haven’t addressed the issues.’ It’s kind of like, at what point do you as the Washington Redskins organization say, ‘Hey look, we gotta get something for this guy?’”

The Redskins have insisted they will not be trading Williams, while the 31-year-old reportedly has vowed to never play with Washington again. So far, there appears to be no resolution in sight.

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