Left tackle Trent Williams returns to starting lineup vs. Indianapolis


Tackle Trent Williams, left, shared a laugh with Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy before the Tampa Bay game. (Mark Tenally/Associated Press)

Washington’s Pro Bowl left tackle, Trent Williams, will return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. Williams was inactive for last week’s 17-13 loss at San Francisco after spraining his right ankle and medial collateral ligament, and the pass protection suffered as a result.

Others ailing starters who’ll be available Sunday are defensive end Jason Hatcher (knee), nose tackle Chris Baker (sternum) and tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring).

That left few surprises on Washington’s list of inactives for the Colts.

Cornerback E.J. Biggers had been ruled out Saturday due to the concussion he suffered last Sunday.

Rounding out the inactives are quarterback Kirk Cousins; wide receivers Leonard Hankerson and Aldrick Robinson; guard Spencer Long, defensive end Stephen Bowen and right tackle Tyler Polumbus.

Colt McCoy, who opened the season as the squad’s No. 3 quarterback, will lead the 3-8 Redskins onto Lucas Oil Stadium after Coach Jay Gruden benched the struggling Robert Griffin III on Wednesday and named McCoy the starter.

It’s an unfortunate time for Washington to be thin at cornerback, given that the Colts boast the NFL’s most prolific passing game and top-ranked offense.

With Biggers still undergoing the NFL’s concussion protocol and Tracy Porter joining DeAngelo Hall on the injured list, the Redskins’ ranks of cornerbacks are thin. It consists of second-year player David Amerson and rookie Bashaud Breeland in starting roles and rookies Greg Ducre and Chase Minnifield as backups. In packages that involved three cornerbacks, backup safety Trenton Robinson is an option.

We are live blogging today’s game here.

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Liz Clarke currently covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. She has also covered seven Olympic Games, two World Cups and written extensively about college sports, tennis and auto racing.

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