By Tarik El-Bashir
Starting left tackle Trent Williams has been diagnosed with a bone bruise on his left foot, leaving the Redskins’ already banged-up offensive line in even worse shape entering Week 2 of the preseason.
“He’s pretty sore right now,” Coach Mike Shanahan said. “We just have to play it day by day, but I know it will be a few days.”
Williams did not practice Saturday, two days after he was injured in the first quarter of the preseason opener in Buffalo. Williams was making a downfield block on Pierre Garçon’s touchdown reception when his foot was stepped on by teammate Maurice Hurt.
X-rays taken Thursday night were negative, but Williams had a pronounced limp as he walked from the locker room to the team’s bus.
Williams’ availability for Saturday’s exhibition is unclear, Shanahan said.
The injury leaves the Redskins with four injured starters along the five-man offensive line. Kory Lichtensteiger (knee), Jammal Brown (hip) and Chris Chester (ankle) are sidelined and did not play against the Bills. Chester, however, could be close to returning after very limited participation in drills Saturday.
With the four starters out, the first team unit on Saturday, from left to right, was Jordan Black, Josh LeRibeus, Will Montgomery, Adam Gettis and Tyler Polumbus. LeRibeus and Gettis are rookies and Black did not play in the NFL last season.
“You’re always disappointed when somebody goes down,” Shanahan said. “But that’s the nature of the game. That’s why you need a little depth.”