The ongoing up and downs with Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams took another twist on Thursday, as the returning tackle says that he had a cancerous growth removed from his head.
Williams claimed that the growth had gone undiagnosed for about six years.
Speaking from the Redskins locker room two days after rejoining the team after a season-long holdout, Williams spoke at length over his medical issues and his claim that the growth was misdiagnosed by the Redskins medical staff.
“You know, I guess, somebody took the time and actually realized and tried to see what was really going on there,” Williams explained. “Football’s more important. And I mean to me it was more important, too. I was told it was something minor, so I didn’t really question them. I mean, the lump continued to grow over the years. It was concerning, but it was no pain involved. You know, if I’m being told by the very people who, you know, I put my career in the hands of telling me I’m fine, then I’m fine. That’s how I looked at it.”
The Redskins released the following statement Thursday night, asking for a review of Williams’ medical records and care.
“The Washington Redskins have requested that the NFL’s Management Council convene a joint committee with the NFLPA to review the medical records and the medical care given to Trent Williams. We have requested this review under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement that provides for an independent third party review of any NFL player’s medical care. The Redskins continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our players and staff. Due to healthcare and privacy regulations, we are unable to comment further at this time. We look forward to the joint committee’s results.”
Williams returned to the Redskins after a holdout on Tuesday, only to then fail his physical due to discomfort with his helmet.
It remains to be seen what will happen next in this ongoing saga with Williams and the team.
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