“No one plays this game injury-free,” Williams said. “It’s part of the game. You take the good with the bad.”
Asked whether he’s fearful the injury is serious, Williams replied simply: “No.”
Williams was hurt on the Redskins’ second offensive play, a run by tailback Alfred Morris.
He was taken to the locker room during the first half but returned to the sideline soon thereafter and re-entered the game. He started the second half but left the game for good after only a few plays. Jordan Black replaced Williams at left tackle.
“I could go left,” Williams said. “I just had trouble going right. I didn’t really want to risk giving up a big quarterback hit. Just precautionary reasons.”
Williams removed a brace from his knee after the game and limped as he walked through the locker room.
The Redskins can ill afford to lose their top offensive lineman for any significant stretch of time, especially with rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III already absorbing jarring hits with regularity.
“Some of the plays are designed where he’s vulnerable to take a hit,” Williams said. “Some plays, we’ve just got to protect better.”