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Trent Williams suffers ‘light’ knee sprain, but finishes game

(AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Redskins left tackle Trent Williams suffered what he called a “light” sprain to his right knee early in the second quarter of his team’s 27-26 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Williams sustained the injury on Washington’s first possession of the second quarter. On first-and-10 from the Washington 20, quarterback Kirk Cousins completed a 62-yard pass to wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, but as the Redskins trotted downfield, Williams remained on the ground. Trainers tended to him and helped him off the field, and backup Tom Compton took his place on the following play – first-and-10 from the Atlanta 18.

Williams said, “somebody fell on the outside of my leg.”

Running back Alfred Morris fumbled on that play as he bumped his arm Compton’s backside while trying to cut upfield through a running lane. That jarred the ball free, and the Falcons recovered and returned it to the 37.

Williams returned on the following series and played the remainder of the game. A couple times, he was slow getting up. But he didn’t leave the game.

“I play for my teammates,” Williams said. “If I can go, I’m going to go. I never jump ship. I’m a leader of the team, and I’ve got to play hurt.”

Fullback Darrel Young left the game in the first half with a hamstring injury but didn’t return. Young had missed the last three games with a hamstring strain and returned to action against Atlanta before re-aggravating the injury.

Have a Redskins question? E-mail Mike Jones at with the subject line “Mailbag question” for him to answer it in The Mailbag on Tuesdays.

What’s ahead:

●  Mike Shanahan meets with reporters again at 3 p.m Monday.

More from The Post:

Redskins rally, but fail on two-point conversion and lose, 27-26

Griffin tries to help from sidelines | Morris laments lost fumbles

Orakpo accumlates sacks | Shanahan walks out on reporters

D.C. Sports Bog: Redskins vs. Falcons best and worst | More

Bog: Cousins blames himself Postgame quotes

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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