Redskins LT not expecting NFL action over official

The Associated Press

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams said Wednesday he doesn't think the NFL will take any action over his alleged profane encounter with an official during a game.

''I don't expect to hear from them,'' Williams said. ''They'll probably sweep it under the rug. That's my opinion.''

Williams said he did nothing to provoke umpire Roy Ellison. Williams claims he was called vulgar names by Ellison during a drive in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

''If I said something of that nature to him, it's at least a flag, or I'm thrown out of the game,'' Williams said. ''I'd never say anything like that to a referee.''

Williams said he's heard from other players in the NFL about Ellison.

''I've had people hit me up the past few days, saying they had the same experience with him,'' Williams said, but did not identify the players.

Other Redskins players, including Kory Lichtensteiger and Robert Griffin III, say they heard Ellison's words, although it remains uncertain whether the league will want to hear their side of the story. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said only that the incident remains ''under review.''

Coach Mike Shanahan has defended Williams, saying: ''You just can't use that type of language to get your point across.'' The coach said Wednesday that he has he spoke briefly with NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino about the matter.

''To what extent they're going to investigate it, I really don't know,'' Shanahan said.


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