Shana­han defends Wil­liams, waits to hear from league

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY BRIAN MCNALLY

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.

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