Washington puts Trent Williams on non-football injury list

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The latest development in the battle between Washington and Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams came from the team today, when it announced that Williams has been placed on the non-football injury list.

That designation makes it official that Williams won’t play this season. It has been widely expected since Williams began his holdout months ago that he was done playing in Washington.

Teams don’t have to pay players their salaries while they’re on the non-football injury list, so this is a cost-saving move for Washington, which won’t have to pay him the $6 million in salary he’s still owed for the remainder of this season.

Williams has accused team doctors of failing to diagnose and treat a cancerous growth on his skull. The team has indicated there is more to the story, but medical privacy laws limit what the team can say. It’s highly likely that Williams and the team will part ways next year, but for this year, Williams will remain under contract in Washington, but not playing.

30 responses to “Washington puts Trent Williams on non-football injury list

  1. this will go over realllllll well!

    NO FA EVER will want to play for that forsaken franchise now! As if any would prior to this childish crapshow handling of Trents situation!

  2. This right here symbolizes my Redskins organization,,, when the rumor came out during the summer that he never wanted to play for us Bruce Allen should have immediately called Trent Williams and asked him point blank do you want to play for the Redskins??? Any answer other than yes should have resulted in him being traded for players and draft picks while his trade was super high and now every NFL team knows his medical condition and gonna try to lowball us next year,,,Hail to the Redskins somehow don’t feel the same as it use to,,,,

  3. Game, set, match. Mr. Snyder and Mr. Allen have displayed nothing but stunning and brave front office acumen throughout this ordeal.

  4. What is William’s contract status for next year? Could the skins extend his contract duration because he didn’t play this season? Do the skins have control of his contract for next season so that they can trade him and get something in return? Does anything about William’s contract change because of what the skins did today, other than pay for the remaining part of the season?

  5. amaf21 says:

    Game, set, match. Mr. Snyder and Mr. Allen have displayed nothing but stunning and brave front office acumen throughout this ordeal.
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    I think a long list of people who have worked for and with Snyder and Allen would tend to disagree that anything they do is “stunning” or “Brave” ……. facts matter!

    Unfortunately printing those facts gets you sued in a “stunning” way that I will give you.

  6. We will learn the truth once he sues and we get into court. Of course he will sue if his story is true.

  7. Teams don’t have to pay players their salaries while they’re on the non-football injury list, so this is a cost-saving move for Washington, which won’t have to pay him the $6 million in salary he’s still owed for the remainder of this season.

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    I feel an NFLPA grievance coming, one which the Redskins could easily lose.

  8. Fail to the Redskins! They never fail to miss an opportunity to look petty and vindictive. Or an opportunity to lose value when handling a player.

  9. Great, Snyder and Allen. You didn’t have to pay him. So you win. Congratulations. So what? What did it get you? Now you’re the the organization that uses a guy’s cancer as a reason not to pay him.

    *No one* is coming here this offseason. Anyone with a chance to leave is leaving. And that’s probably going to be the case for the foreseeable future, and rightfully. This is disgusting.

  10. MaxPayne says:
    November 7, 2019 at 4:48 pm
    We will learn the truth once he sues and we get into court. Of course he will sue if his story is true.
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    We know enough right now. He can blame the team all he wants but not talking to another doctor in 3-5 years after becoming “concerned” says enough. His story seems based on getting fan sympathy. The second it was in jeopardy of being out in the open he said no to the joint investigation by the league and union. If he truly felt mistreated he would pursue it. That head injury he has, while valid, has become his version of Ramsey’s back that miraculously cured itself upon stepping off a plane in LA. Sorry for all those who just want to side with the player against “the man” or just against the team leadership, but this guy’s story does not add up at all.

  11. It’s sad things end like this. But it’s for the best. I mean Trent wanted out of Washington and he got his wish. Now, Trent should start working out for some winning teams and sue the pants off the Redskins’ owner.

  12. Williams did not want to waive his rights under the CBA to have the NFL adjudicate this dispute, retaining his rights under the CBA and personal injury tort law. The Redskins decided to double down and put him on NFI. If they don’t pay him they’ll argue that his contract tolled for the 2019 season and claim he will be under contract for two more years – giving them a viable argument to get more draft capital in a trade. No team in their right mind will trade for Williams without negotiating a new contract so the tolled year is probably not a big deal. However, if the case is heard in a civil court the Redskins may have opened the door to a very big punitive damage award or claim. They’ll probably ask for a waiver of his claims against the team to pay the $6 million he is due for the rest of the year. This is just beginning. Bruce Allen and Daniel Snyder undoubtedly have good lawyers. They don’t care about the team or how many free agents will go to Washington or winning games – they care about the value of the team … because sooner or later Snyder will sell it – particularly if Snyder does not get his new stadium. If the Washington fans boycott the team they’ll send a clear message to Snyder and any potential buyers that the team is no longer the franchise it was when the Diesel was running behind the Hogs. It is a franchise in disarray with a declining value. See how Snyder reacts then!

  13. Should have traded him away in January/February, much less August. Now they’re trying to somehow not look bad, then trade him in the upcoming off season. Something with Trent Williams’ story doesn’t add up, but there’s no way Bruce Allen (and Dan Snyder by extension) don’t look bad in this saga. What a mess.

  14. Gross embarrassment. Terrible org run by terrible people. Dude has a malignant tumor under diagnosed by the team doctors and they spend the better part of a year jerking him around. Sad.

  15. If I was an owner I would want every NFL contract based on the number of games played. That would put an end to these fake injuries. Imagine taking tens of millions for doing nothing and then acting like a victim.

  16. Again, the most surprising part of this story is that in addition to the massive compensation, these guys get FREE healthcare. And yet, zero gratitude. I’m deeply suspicious that the team’s free Docs missed a “life threatening” tumor. Think about it – the team gets the best Docs because they can advertise they are the team’s Docs. Highly prestigious.

  17. Haven’t been following the day to day on this dispute, but didn’t Williams set himself up for this when he started talking publicly that his holdout has been cancer related? That would seem to be a “non-football illness”.

  18. “Hail to the Redskins somehow don’t feel the same as it use to,,,,”

    That’s because the real slogan these days is “hail to Dan Snyder’s bank account screw the fans”

  19. robertgriffintheturd says:
    November 8, 2019 at 7:13 am

    Same guy that let his team down twice with drug suspensions.
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    Fact. In fairness it was for weed which probably shouldn’t be tested for. But, it is and Williams knew it and how many other players use weed and don’t get caught. A metric sh!tton. That’s how many. Maybe something approaching a majority?
    Very good tackle, but something tells me Trent ain’t the sharpest bulb on the Christmas tree.

  20. The human body is not built for the game of football. It is a brutal debilitating sport. Can’t believe posters advocating for no pay during injury, or for the players to be grateful for free health care. Yikes.

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