Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams was injured in an altercation in a Honolulu nightclub early Friday and had to withdraw from the Pro Bowl, which will take place Sunday.
According to two people with knowledge of the situation, Williams had been involved in a nightclub incident that required police involvement. The 6-foot-5, 325-pound Williams was injured in the incident when someone cracked a bottle over his head and Tasered him. Williams required stitches.
According to a statement released by the Honolulu Police Department, the incident happened around 1:30 a.m. Friday. Three men were injured in the altercation, and one male was arrested. Williams is not considered a suspect.
One person with knowledge of the situation said that Williams received seven stitches.
The NFL, in a statement released Friday night, said Williams “was the victim of an assault at a nightclub in central Honolulu early this morning and another individual has been arrested. Due to an injury sustained during the assault, he will not play in the Pro Bowl and has been replaced by Matt Kalil. Trent is still a member of this year’s NFC All-Star team and will be on the sidelines this Sunday wearing his jersey. He will be credited with a Pro Bowl appearance and receive a full player’s share.”
When reached Friday evening, a Redskins spokesman declined to offer any information on the incident.
Word on Williams injury first surfaced Friday afternoon when the Minnesota Vikings announced that rookie tackle Kalil would replace Williams at the Pro Bow. Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan first reported that Williams injury was a result of an altercation.
The selection to the Pro Bowl marked the first of Williams’ career.
Williams rebounded from the four-game suspension leveled against him in 2011 for failing multiple tests for marijuana use. The third-year pro returned following his suspension determined to display greater maturity and leadership. The fourth overall pick of the 2010 draft, Williams this season was voted one of the team’s captains, and played at a high level – allowing only three sacks – despite being hampered by thigh, knee and ankle injuries throughout the Redskins’ 10-6 campaign.