At points, Williams talked about his disappointment that the team had not renegotiated his contract, especially given his standing as a leader and one of the league’s best left tackles, complaining that his final two years are not guaranteed and that he had no assurances he would be taken care of by the team, especially if he suffered an injury. Trent Williams spoke publicly for the first time after ending a very lenghty holdout, and the seven-time Pro Bowler made some damning accusations about the Redskins medical staff. “It felt weird to say the least,” he said. Washington Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams ended his holdout but failed his physical due to offseason surgery to remove a growth on his head. The first time, he said, “We’ll see how the helmet thing turns out.”, “I love football,” he said. Each time, he said, he was told the growth was nothing to worry about. Williams also said that doctors “underestimated” the initial diagnosis and that the condition “was far more advanced than they realized.” That’s why Williams went to Chicago for treatments that included multiple surgeries to completely remove the growth. He isn't happy with the man in charge. After a lengthy holdout, Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams said he had cancer and alleged the team misdiagnosed him. “Football was more important. Earlier, Williams was asked if he wants to be traded. This is why Williams was angry enough to hold out. He said no one from the team visited him during his two-week hospital stay — it had flown him to Chicago but not back. Williams spoke for 18 minutes. His right foot tapped nervously. Williams then went to a Chicago hospital, where he was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor. “It’s a culmination of things,” Williams said when asked why he held out. When he finally spoke, he told a far more serious story about a cancer creeping inside his skull and the fear that he might die, opening an enormous rift between the Redskins’ most-respected player and the team’s doctors and senior management that doesn’t appear likely to be closed. When asked about team owner Daniel Snyder, however, Williams said he still valued his friendship and seemed to separate him from Allen. Williams had been away from the team for the entire offseason program and then missed the first eight weeks of the regular season. And, I mean, to me it was more important, too. Williams thought … Trent Williams reveals he had cancer, blames Redskins for not recognizing it sooner ... Washington Redskins star left tackle Trent Williams sat hunched in … Due to healthcare and privacy regulations, we are unable to comment further at this time.”. (Getty Images) Williams had cancer removed. Williams said he will need to get routine checkups every six months to ensure that the cancer does not return. The 31-year-old -- … When asked if he expected to ever play again for Washington, Williams said “we’ll see how this helmet thing turns out, but like I said, I’m here.”. Williams said that he first heard about the issue “five and a half” years ago during former coach Mike Shanahan’s last year with the team. It was concerning, but there was no pain involved and if I’m being told by the very people I put my career in the hands of, people are telling me I’m fine, [then] I’m fine. He also blamed team doctors for failing for six years to take a growth on his head seriously. Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) told the media he had cancer. “It’s tough.”. The team released the following statement: ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams says he no longer trusts the organization and felt they were vindictive in how they waited until the last minute to try to trade him. Trent Williams had his cancer misdiagnosed and salary taken away by the Redskins. The Redskins issued a statement on Wednesday night requesting the NFL and NFL Players Association conduct a joint review of Williams' allegations: "The Washington Redskins have requested that the NFL’s Management Council convene a joint committee with the NFLPA to review the medical records and the medical care given to Trent Williams. The Redskins have chosen not to pay the remaining $5.1 million of Trent Williams' salary after placing the offensive tackle on the non-football injury list Thursday. He smiled and chuckled. Williams failed a physical Wednesday morning, when he was unable to comfortably fit a helmet on his head. “When you give them 48 hours to strike a deal, it probably isn’t going to happen,” he said. “I got the team to finally, what I thought was a cyst, extracted,” Williams said. The cancer, he said, is called Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans, or DFSP, a soft tissue sarcoma that develops in the deep layers of the skin. Due to healthcare and privacy regulations, we are unable to comment further at this time. I was told it was something minor so I didn’t really question them. He first noticed the growth late in the 2013 season and said he asked the doctors about it then and at other times in the ensuing years as the growth continued to get bigger. “I guess nobody took the time to see what was going on there,” he said, describing what he felt was the way team doctors handled the questions he kept asking over the years about the growth on his head. Thursday was the first time the 31-year-old Williams has spoken publicly since the end of last season. “Football has done everything for me in my life. It was one of those things that changes your outlook on life.”. We have requested this review under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement that provides for an independent third party review of any NFL player’s medical care. “There are some things that happened that are hard to look past if I’m just being completely honest with you,” he said. What wasn’t repaired is his relationship with the only NFL team for which he has played in his nine seasons. Williams said team doctors became aware of a growth on his skull, but said he was initially told the issue was “minor” and continued to play for several seasons with Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans, a soft-tissue sarcoma that develops in the deep layers of skin. Try to make it feel like, ‘Ain’t nobody want you. Obviously, it got us to this point.”. Is Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams, who ended his season-long holdout earlier this week, a victim of medical malpractice by team … Ian Rapoport reports that teammates were concerned it … Redskins star Trent Williams reveals cancer scare after team doctors misdiagnosed a tumor on his head as benign six years ago and now says he has 'no trust' in the franchise president. Allen changed that stance two days before the trade deadline, but no deal was made. Trent Williams had a cancerous growth for six years that's seriousness was underestimated by team doctors, he told reporters a day after failing his physical because it was too uncomfortable to put on his helmet. In his first public comments since holding out and then reporting to the Washington Redskins, offensive tackle Trent Williams said Thursday he had a soft-tissue cancer attached to his skull and alleged that the franchise failed to test it for nearly six years. The most important news stories of the day, curated by Post editors and delivered every morning. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Williams on Thursday said he told the team of the medical issue six years … Williams also seemed frustrated with the fact the Redskins had not traded him. Redskins LT Trent Williams blasts team president Bruce Allen The New York Giants on Sunday visit the Washington Redskins, who don't have offensive tackle Trent Williams, in the wake of his cancer scare and ensuing dispute with the organization. Follow Lorenzo Reyes on Twitter @LorenzoGReyes. It was a piece of a tumor.". He returned to the team Tuesday afternoon, just before the NFL’s 4 p.m. trade deadline, when it was clear he would not be dealt to another team — something he requested June 1. Trent Williams says the only team he’s ever played for didn’t properly address a growth on his head that turned out to be cancer. Washington offensive lineman Trent Williams revealed Thursday he was diagnosed with cancer this offseason, approximately six years after a growth was discovered. “We literally caught it within weeks of metastasizing through to my brain to my skull,” said Williams, who added the ordeal was “a scary thing to go through” and described being told by a doctor to get his affairs in order, in case he didn’t make it. Even before the Washington Redskins officially ruled out Trent Williams on Thursday for the rest of the 2019 season, the schism between the player and team had been widening. Trent Williams says Washington Redskins doctors misdiagnosed his cancer more than FIVE YEARS ago ... and the 7-time Pro Bowl left tackle says it nearly cost him his life.. When asked multiple times whether the relationship with the team’s front office could be repaired, Williams deflected but said “there’s no trust” in the organization. In midwinter, he had surgery there to remove it. Nobody knew the exact reasoning behind the holdout, but on Thursday Williams revealed the main reasoning behind it. Going back to the 2013 season, Shanahan’s last, Williams started all 80 regular season games in which he he was eligible to appear. The experience was not a pleasant one, and his eyes grew cold as he recounted it. (A holdout is when a player doesn’t attend mandatory offseason workouts.) Obviously, playing with no guaranteed money, I don’t think any premier player would want to do that, especially not in the game that we play today.”. “I had a tumor removed from my skull, attached to my skull. “It did. If I’m being told by the very people who I put my career in the hands of telling me I’m fine, then I’m fine. Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams revealed a cancer diagnosis that played a part in his lengthy holdout and distrust of the team's medical staff and the organization. That’s how I looked at it. It’s not on him. Trent Williams’s silent struggle with the Redskins is now an all-out war. Interim coach Bill Callahan said that Williams didn’t pass his physical after he reported, and Williams has indicated that he suffers discomfort when wearing a helmet due to the location of the surgeries he underwent to remove the growth. You’re not good enough for us to trade for.’ I felt like that was the play, more so than to get me moved.”. I had a very rare form of cancer; my displeasure comes from how long it lingered and how it was neglected and how it almost cost me my life.”. It’s something I didn’t think I’d have to do.”, With Case Keenum still in concussion protocol, Dwayne Haskins prepares to start, Brewer: Arrogance leaves Redskins frozen at the trade deadline as the rest of the NFL rushes by. By Adam Stites Updated Apr 25, 2020, 12:52pm EDT The bombshell news was the latest twist in what's been a drawn-out battle between the team and Williams, who has been holding out since the start of training camp. Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) watches the action from the bench during the first half of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. “Football was more important, and to me it was more important, too. Doctors said it was weeks from moving to his brain when they removed the growth. "The Washington Redskins have requested that the NFL's Management Council convene a joint committee with the NFLPA to review the medical records and the medical care given to Trent Williams… He said he tried two helmets without any luck, adding that surgeons had cut out 30 percent of his scalp to remove the tumor, and that some pain remains from the two procedures to repair the wound. Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. “It was cancer, I had cancer,” Williams told reporters Thursday. Only when the team finally grew more concerned with the growth this offseason and sent him to their affiliated INOVA hospital did doctors deem it to be a serious health issue, he said. Thursday night, the Redskins released a statement on the matter, saying the team has requested the NFL’s Management Council convene a joint committee with the NFL Players Association "to review the medical records and the medical care given to Trent Williams. Trent Williams reveals he had cancer, says Redskins diagnosed it as minor Steve DelVecchio, Larry Brown Sports 10/31/2019 9 of the US's wildest, weirdest, and … “That’s just what it is.”, “I can’t say names, to be honest. “You can kind of draw the conclusions if you want.”. “Football has done everything for me.”. “We haven’t had the best history with the way medical stuff has been handled here,” Williams said of the Redskins, who have had a large number of players go on injured reserve in recent seasons and saw high-profile players such as quarterbacks Alex Smith and Colt McCoy and running back Derrius Guice undergo complicated recoveries from their injuries. “I guess somebody took the time to actually try to see what was really going on there,” Williams said. By signing up you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, Reporter covering Washington's NFL team and NFL, the Redskins released a statement on the matter, he was unable to comfortably fit a helmet on his head, Arrogance leaves Redskins frozen at the trade deadline as the rest of the NFL rushes by. When asked if he trusts the organization, he said, “No, there is no trust there.”. "I … In the end, though, his biggest concern seemed to be the tumor that had been removed, the fact he will have to have follow-up appointments every six months to be sure it won’t return and the anger he feels over how it was treated. ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams revealed a cancer diagnosis that played a part in his lengthy holdout and distrust of … Williams said he feels well but added that he has “still got some things from surgery,” the last of which came in June. But the lump continued to grow over the years. Trent Williams: Lack of reaction to cancer scare to blame for Redskins rift. Trent Williams ended his holdout with the Washington Redskins earlier this week. However, Williams added that he did not demand a new contract during his holdout and indicated that he had lost so much faith in the team that he wouldn’t want to talk about renegotiating his deal anymore. He was angry, he said, furious that for six years team doctors failed to take seriously a growth on his head that was diagnosed this winter as a rare form of cancer. Two days after ending his five-month holdout, Washington Redskins star left tackle Trent Williams sat hunched in a chair next to his locker at the team’s practice facility in Ashburn. Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams told reporters Thursday that he had a cancerous growth removed from his head this year that had gone undiagnosed for roughly six years. Williams reported to the team on Tuesday, the deadline by which he had to in order to ensure his contract didn’t toll, allowing him to hit free agency sooner. I was told it was something minor, so I didn’t really question it. It’s whatever,” he said later. Washington Redskins' Trent Williams Claims Team Doctors Misdiagnosed His Rare Cancer for 6 Years this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. The Redskins continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our players and staff. “What I went through health-wise, it took me away from the game for a minute, anyway. Trent Williams reveals he had cancer from growth that started six years ago; Redskins release statement Williams opens up about why he was away from the Redskins for the last few months #Redskins By reporting then, he can claim he has fulfilled the obligations of his contract, which expires at the end of the 2020 season, allowing him to become a free agent. We have requested this review under the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement that provides for an independent third party review of any NFL player’s medical care. “When they did, I found out it wasn’t a cyst. Facebook; ... Williams said he first asked the Redskins' medical staff about the … He already has lost a little more than half of his $10.25 million salary for this season and several of his signing bonuses. “He’s not down there in the training room. “I love football,” Williams said when asked if he still wanted to play. Williams spoke publicly for the first time since the end of last season and stated that he was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer (DFSP). “The Redskins continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our players and staff. He did not directly confirm suggestions made by friends and associates that he does not want to play for the Redskins again, but he did not sound like someone who wants to be with the team. © 2020 USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC. That and the contract status was a thing as well. It was concerning, but there was no pain involved. A person with knowledge of the situation said team president Bruce Allen did not want to send the franchise’s top player to another team in response to Williams’s holdout, figuring the accumulation of fines and lost game checks would eventually bring Williams back. It’s all I’ve ever known. Trent Williams was diagnosed with Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP), a rare form of cancer. “Think how you describe to your 9-year-old, your 5-year-old, that daddy might not be here,” Williams said. That’s how I looked at it.”, Williams was asked several times if he will play for the Redskins again. He has one year remaining on his contract after this season. Washington Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams said he no longer trusts the franchise after he had a cancerous growth removed from his head that was undiagnosed by … #Redskins It got pretty serious for a second. But, I mean, the lump continued to grow over the years. Asked if the relationship with Allen can be repaired, Williams looked toward the floor. This is Washington LT Trent Williams explaining how he was misdiagnosed by Redskins docs for the growth on his head almost 6 years ago with what wound up being skin cancer (DFSP) & … Well, the Redskins fired back, requesting a medical review be performed jointly by the NFL and the NFL Player's Association. It’s not on anybody. Trent Williams was diagnosed with Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans (DFSP), a rare form of cancer. He wore a white cap on his head and while he smiled several times, his foot-tapping grew to the point that at times his whole body shook. He had instructed those close to him to not speak on his behalf in recent months, leaving only vague suggestions that he was unhappy with a medical diagnosis and had a health “scare.”. I was told some scary things from the doctor. Doctors said it was weeks from moving to his brain when they removed the growth. “I just felt like that was done to embarrass me, so to speak. We look forward to the joint committee’s results.". A couple of days after ending his five-month holdout with the Washington Redskins, star left tackle Trent Williams revealed his diagnosis with a rare form of cancer. Redskins left tackle Trent Williams had a procedure to remove what is being described as a growth or a tumor. On Wednesday, he had to stand before some of the same doctors he said he does not respect as they examined him for his physical. Washington left tackle Trent Williams met with reporters on Thursday for the first time since returning to the team this week and provided details about the medical condition that played a … The Washington Redskins won't pay Trent Williams' $5.1 million salary after he held out for the first half of the season amid a dispute over a team doctor's misdiagnosis of a cancerous tumor. Williams added that it wasn't team owner Daniel Snyder he had an issue with, but implied instead that his problem was with team president Bruce Allen. … But, I just feel like things could’ve gotten handled a lot better. Pro Bowl tackle Trent Williams, who ended his holdout with the Washington Redskins earlier this week, says he had a cancerous growth on his scalp and his team didn't do anything about it. Trent Williams (born July 19, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). 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