The saga continues: Trent Williams can't practice because of helmet discomfort

Shalise Manza YoungYahoo Sports Contributor

Perhaps the biggest surprise of Tuesday, the day of the NFL trading deadline, wasn’t even a trade: it was Washington left tackle Trent Williams reporting to the team just moments after the deadline, ending his months-long holdout.

But the drama isn’t over yet.

Williams didn’t pass physical

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When media gathered on the practice field Wednesday, they didn’t see Williams (though they did see rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins take snaps with the first-team offense).

After practice, when media met with interim head coach Bill Callahan, Callahan gave the reason why.

“We had a good discussion; we visited for a good hour or so and shared a lot of thoughts and conversations and that was the extent of our relationship in the past,” Callahan said, via Rhiannon Walker of The Athletic. “Unfortunately today he couldn’t practice; he did not pass the physical. There was discomfort with his helmet and the fitting of it, so that’s where we’re at as of today. We’ll take Trent’s situation day by day.”

Williams underwent surgery on his scalp earlier this year, and the growth he had removed was found to be benign.

It’s that growth that caused much of Williams’ mistrust of Washington; he was scared when he discovered it, and Williams felt that the team’s medical staff mishandled the situation.

Williams may still be healing from the procedure he underwent, or he could have found the thing that could make sure he is able to get paid — and an accrued NFL season —while not having to play for a team going nowhere.

If you thought helmet drama ended with Antonio Brown, it appears that’s not the case.

Washington left tackle Trent Williams, shown here last December, could not comfortably wear a helmet during his team physical. (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Washington left tackle Trent Williams, shown here last December, could not comfortably wear a helmet during his team physical. (AP/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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