The Trent Williams situation has gotten to a point where Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden has nothing to say of the matter. Through months of predicting and hoping that he'll be back, the seven-time Pro-Bowl left tackle continues to be away from training camp. At this point, Gruden is numb regarding talks of the tackle.
“I have no expectation whatsoever anymore,” Gruden said when asked if he expected Williams to report this week. “I'm kind of numb to the fact, so I'm going to coach the guys we have. That's all we can do right now and … to your answer, no, I don't have any feeling whatsoever.”
Gruden's comments come off the heels of the Redskins continuing to persist that Williams will play in D.C. in 2019. While, Williams, on the other hand, continues to represent the inverse, reaffirming multiple times he will not be back due to a holdout concerning their medical staff.
Last week, Gruden felt “very strongly” that Williams will not be traded. Reports surfaced that Washington will not trade him, despite receiving interests from other teams—presumably for a first or high second-round pick. Team president and Dan Snyder underling Bruce Allen continues to say Williams is a Redskin.
Yet, as Williams says, there is “zero chance” that he'll be donning burgundy and gold in Week 1.
This ongoing dispute doesn't look to be ending any time soon. In the meantime, veteran acquisition Donald Penn will start at left tackle with former New York Giant Erik Flowers holding down left guard.