No one really knows what’s going on in Trent Williams mind when it comes to his hold out except for Trent Williams. He has has talked to current and former teammates who have given little glimmers into his motivations for not reporting to the Redskins since June 2nd.
DeAngelo Hall has been the most vocal about what Williams and Team President Bruce Allen have told him about the ongoing holdout. Hall spoke yesterday on his new podcast with the Athletic and gave plenty of quotable sound bites. One thing that he was pretty confident about was Williams not playing in Week 1 since Trent told him there was 0% chance that was happening.
Ian Rapoport just confirmed what everyone was expecting, Williams is not with the team as they begin practices for the Eagles. He will not play Week 1 in Philadelphia, and it remains unclear when, or even if his holdout will end. Hall thinks he comes back before Week 11 to get an accrued season which moves him one year closer to free agency.
This was the expectation but now official: #Redskins LT Trent Williams did not show up at the team facility today to practice with his team. His holdout continues into the regular season and he won’t play Sunday — at least.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 4, 2019
The Redskins released their first unofficial depth chart of the regular season, and veteran Donald Penn stands atop the list at left tackle. Penn was signed after Williams’ holdout started, and after the team witnessed Ereck Flowers attempting to play LT again. He will get the start on Sunday against the Eagles with 2nd year OT Geron Christian Sr. backing up both tackle spots.