Bruce Allen laughs off report about Trent Williams not reporting to camp

Chris Lingebach
July 23, 2019 - 4:00 pm

A day after a report indicated the precise opposite, Redskins president Bruce Allen says he expects Trent Williams to report to training camp.

"Well, Trent. Players are reporting tonight and in the morning, and we expect him," Allen told reporters from Richmond Tuesday.

"You expect Trent to report tonight?" a reporter asked.

"Yeah," Allen said. "I expect everybody."

"You know there was a report yesterday that he's not coming," the reporter noted.

Allen couldn't have shrugged off that follow-up harder. "K," he mustered.

On Monday, Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport reported the starting left tackle is not expected to report to training camp in Richmond. Williams was also a no-show for Redskins minicamp and OTAs, although that's become customary as the aging veteran prefers to work out on his own accord each spring.

Rapoport maintained the narrative that's prevailed since June, that Williams is upset with how Washington's doctors handled his recent health scare, and that he desires a new contract.

Redskins coach Jay Gruden was more diplomatic, but also maintains the team expects to see Williams in camp.

"I think there's a business to the side of football that's always gonna be there. That's just the way it is," he said. "There's trades, there's cuts, there's holdouts, there's other things that happen, and you have to adjust as a coach, and we will adjust on a need basis however we have to. I'm not really worried about it. I expect to see Trent tomorrow, so I'm fired up to see him, see how he's doing and get him ready to go."

Michael Phillips – one of the reporters who spoke with Gruden and Allen – offered his insight into those conversations to 106.7 The Fan's Chad Dukes.

"I think this is their way of ducking," he said. "I don't know."

Allen claims he's spoken to Williams, Phillips says, although Allen wouldn't share the context of their dialogue.

"He said he's talked to Trent," said Phillips. "He's going to keep that conversation private, but if there is any concern on the Redskins' side, they are not showing it publicly. Jay Gruden was maybe a little bit more rational about the whole thing. He just said when Trent arrives, he'll be ready to go. He's not worried about that.

"I think the general consensus from the Redskins' side is there's no need to smash that panic button until at least when they get back to Ashburn."

It's unclear if the conversation Allen claims to have had with Williams is separate from the talks he said they had in June.

"I know what Trent told me so I know what the truth is," Allen said last month. "I'll leave my conversation with Trent between the two of us."

"It's always a treat with these guys," Phillips added. "Their confidence is either going to be rewarded when Trent walks in the door after that third preseason game, or we will look back on this as quite the bit of hubris."

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