Trent Williams leaves Redskins-Texans game with knee injury

Washington leads 27-10 in the third quarter, but Houston rallies to force overtime and wins on a field goal.
By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, September 20, 2010; 12:12 AM

Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams left Sunday's 30-27 overtime loss to the Houston Texans with a knee injury in the fourth quarter, leaving Washington with a makeshift offensive line for the final possession of regulation and its only set of downs in overtime.

Williams, the fourth overall pick in the April draft, was beaten by Houston Pro Bowler Mario Williams on a play with roughly 90 seconds remaining in regulation. He lay on the field in obvious pain and had to be helped off by two members of the Redskins' training staff.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Williams would have an MRI exam to determine the extent of the injury. Williams said he was tested for a tear of his left anterior cruciate ligament on the field and passed. He also left the stadium wearing a walking boot to protect his left toe.

"Just got banged-up, that's all," Williams said afterward, when he limped around the locker room, grabbing the sides of his locker stall to lift himself from his chair.

Williams said he did not know when he would find out whether he would miss any time. His mood afterward, though, was glum, and he spoke in short sentences.

"It's very frustrating," Williams said. "It is. To be injured and also let the game slip away like we did, it's frustrating."

Williams's injury left the Redskins with Stephon Heyer as the left tackle; Heyer had been rotating with Jammal Brown at right tackle.

"It's not easy, but you've just got to come to play," Heyer said. "You've got to be prepared for everything."

Brown has started both regular season games, with Heyer playing every third series at right tackle. Derrick Dockery and Kory Lichtensteiger continued to rotate at left guard against the Texans as well.

"It's tough getting a rhythm, getting the blood flowing or anything," Heyer said. "But that's what they're trying to do, trying to get a rotation going."

If Williams is out for next Sunday's game at St. Louis, it's unlikely Heyer will be part of any rotation. He could be starting at left tackle. Heyer started 28 games in his first three years in the NFL.

"Trent's a great young talent, and we know that he's going to be the best left tackle in the game in a couple years," right guard Artis Hicks said. "But if he's out for a while, and I don't know if he is, then hey, Stephon's a starter. Stephon Heyer, he's been out there before. He's been in the thick of things. He's proven he can be a starter in this league."

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