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Trent Williams plays on ailing knee

Trent Williams plays against the Bengals a week earlier (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Left tackle Trent Williams started and played the entire game Sunday for the Washington Redskins, one week after suffering a bone bruise on his right knee during a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

“It was a little stiff,” Williams said following the Redskins’ victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “I felt like I got by. I didn’t totally dominate. But we did enough to win.”

 Williams said it was “very close” to him not being able to play Sunday.

“It was truly a last-minute decision,” he said.

But during the game, he said, his knee “was the last thing on my mind.”

Williams had practiced sparingly during the week.

“It really said a lot about him, to have just a few reps during the week and come out and play at the level he played,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. “To gut it out through the whole game, I don’t think I’ve seen a guy do that since I’ve been coaching — to miss as much [practice] time as he did, to walk the way he walked around the locker room, the facility. To come out and play the way he did really says a lot about him. He’s really matured and that’s why we elected him as one of our captains.”


Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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