The Washington Redskins have elected not to pay Trent Williams the remaining $5.1 million balance on his 2019 base salary, according to two people with knowledge of the decision, which came a day after the team announced it was placing the tackle on the non-football injury list.

The team has the right to withhold the salary for players on the non-football injury list, according to NFL rules. Even so, the NFL Players Association is expected to fight the decision as Williams is likely to file a grievance with the league.

Williams ended a five-month holdout shortly before the NFL trade deadline in an attempt to to ensure this year would be counted under his contract, allowing him to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2020 season. The Redskins could still attempt to toll Williams’s contract and have it cover the 2020 and 2021 seasons, pushing back his free agency another year. Williams and the NFL Players Association could challenge such an attempt.

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The seven-time Pro Bowler has said he no longer wants to play for the Redskins, and claims the team misdiagnosed a cancerous growth on his head.

The Redskins have declined to comment.

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