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Trent Williams Participating In Practice, Eyeing Friday's Game


Left tackle Trent Williams sat out the team's first two preseason games with a sore knee, but is hopeful he can play in Friday's game against the Bills.

After missing the Redskins' first two preseason games, and not participating in team drills during the last week of training camp, Trent Williams returned to the field Monday with his pads on, settling back into his regular stances at left tackle. 

Held out for precautionary reasons because of a sore knee by head coach Jay Gruden, Williams has progressed enough for the left tackle to be back practicing with the first team offense again.

"I feel good," Williams said. "Obviously it's still a close decision, but I feel a lot better, ready to go out there and knock the rust off."

Gruden commented briefly that it seemed as though Williams hadn't missed any time at all the way he looked, which is a testament to his talent and his veteran leadership entering his seventh season. 

Still, Williams is looking forward to Friday's tilt with the Bills, if only to recall what live game action feels like. It's been since the Packers playoff game that Williams has faced an opponent.

"I would feel better if I had more preseason reps," Williams said. "Obviously, with the injury, I couldn't get as many as I would like. So, this game is really big for me because I haven't had many live reps thus far. It's going to be a huge test for me, and it's one of those things you have to overcome."

As the first-team offense tries to find rhythm in their only cohesive tune-up before the regular season, Williams stressed the need for quality reps, instead of having a specific number in mind.

"Whether it's 50, whether it's 40, they need to be quality and smart football," Williams said. "We just have to continue to compete in practice, to take up for any reps that were lacking. We can make that up in practice, and if we practice hard, we should be able to overcome [lack of reps]."

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