Washington Redskins’ starting left tackle Trent Williams (above) suffered a bone bruise in his right knee during the first quarter of Washington’s 38-31 Week Three loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. His status is uncertain for the Redskins’ Week Four matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 30.
Williams’ injury is yet another setback for the Redskins, considering that he is the team’s best offensive lineman. He is also the man entrusted with protecting the blind side of quarterback Robert Griffin III. Washington’s offensive line has never been the team’s strongest unit. Williams’ absence in the Cincinnati game proved pivotal, as Griffin III was sacked six times.
Reserve left tackle Jordan Black filled in for Williams, and most likely will get the start at left tackle if Williams is unable to play Sunday. Black is a journeyman tackle who encapsulates the Redskins’ lack of depth on the offensive line. His struggles against Bengals’ defensive end Michael Johnson who recorded three sacks during Washington’s Week Three loss, magnifies the inconsistent play of the offensive line.
Redskins’ fans hope that Williams will somehow be available for the Buccaneers game. His presence is critical for the continued development of Griffin III. Williams’ presence is also critical for Washington’s ground attack. Redskins’ leading rusher Alfred Morris gained many of his yards running to the left side. Considering that Morris is currently Washington’s primary ball carrier, it can be noted that his personal development on the field is dependent upon Williams ’presence as well.
If Williams is able to play, that would sustain the momentum of the suddenly prolific Redskins’ offense. To avoid a three game losing streak, the Redskins will need all the momentum they can get.