Trent Williams Says He Had Cancer Before His Offseason Surgery


Redskins left tackle Trent Williams announced on Thursday that he was diagnosed with cancer before undergoing surgery to remove a growth from his head last offseason.

Williams opened up about his health issues while talking to the media, and he shared how the growth on his head started six years ago. He said the team originally diagnosed it as "minor," per NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay

Williams added that the cancer was only weeks away from spreading to his brain before he had a procedure on his scalp in February.

On Thursday night, the Redskins said in a statement that they are requesting a joint committee between the NFL and NFLPA to review Williams's medical records. 

"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," the team said. "The Redskins continue to prioritize the health and well-being of our players and staff. Due to healthcare and privacy regulations, we are unable to comment further at this time." 

On Tuesday, Williams reported to the Redskins for the first time this season after the NFL trade deadline passed. He skipped the entirety of Washington's training camp and the first eight games of the season. Williams was upset about how the team handled the growth removal from his head and the time it took for them to address the situation.

When asked by reporters if he trusts the Redskins, Williams replied, "there's no trust." He also said the team's front office did not communicate with him during his holdout but he talked with his teammates.

Earlier this week, Finlay reported that Williams has no intention of playing this season despite reporting to the team. He is under contract through the 2020 season.

Coach Bill Callahan revealed on Wednesday that Williams did not pass his physical due to his offseason scalp surgery and discomfort when putting his helmet on. Callahan said on Thursday that the Redskins are looking to find a helmet Williams can wear comfortably.