Shanahan defends Williams, waits to hear from league
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says he has yet to hear from the NFL on a possible investigation or fine for offensive lineman Trent Williams, who lashed out at an official after Sunday’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Williams accused umpire Roy Ellison of cursing him late in the first half of the game as the two teams lined up for a snap. Video of the play appeared to verify there was a heated exchange of words.
Teammate Kory Lichtensteiger backed up Williams’ claim after the game. Lichtensteiger was wearing a microphone during the game and the Redskins are hoping that adds information to any possible NFL investigation.
“Well, [if] someone is upset after the game … with that type of conversation sometimes people will break out,” Shanahan said when asked if he’d wished Williams had kept quiet instead of telling reporters about the incident.
“Could he have handled it differently? Maybe. But he handled it the way he thought was right at that time. It is quite unusual for [an official] to use that type of language.” quarter, remains sore and surgery remains a possibility. That decision will come in the next couple of days.
“We’ll wait and see on that one,” Shanahan said.
Meanwhile, tight end Jordan Reed will go through the typical concussion protocol this week. If he is able to do an off-field workout with no recurring symptoms, then make it through a noncontact practice and a full practice, he will be able to play in Monday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Shanahan also said MRIs for defensive end Stephen Bowen and defensive back E.J. Biggers were negative. Bowen is playing with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and was crack-blocked from the side Sunday. Biggers remains sore with a right knee injury, which was described as a possible meniscus injury.