NFL notebook: Williams says
Redskins misdiagnosed cancer
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[November 01, 2019]
Washington Redskins left tackle
Trent Williams ended his silence on Thursday and said he had a
soft-tissue cancer attached to his skull that went misdiagnosed for
close to six years, leading to his dispute with the team.
Williams said he thought he was getting a cyst cut out during the
offseason appointment only to learn he had dermatofibrosarcoma
protuberans, a skin cancer that develops inside connective tissue
Williams later had multiple surgeries to remove the tumor, he said.
His unhappiness over how the Redskins diagnosed the growth was a
major factor in his eight-game holdout that ended Tuesday.
The team asked for the NFL's Management Council to put together a
joint committee to examine Williams' medical records and medical
--The New England Patriots released receiver Josh Gordon off injured
reserve, multiple media outlets reported.
The move means that Gordon is available to other teams on the waiver
Gordon, 28, has been dealing with two bone bruises in his left knee
and last played for New England on Oct. 10 against the New York
--New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was a full
participant in practice for a second straight day, a step toward
returning to game action.
Shepard sustained a concussion in a Week 5 loss to the Minnesota
Vikings on Oct. 6 and has been sidelined since. He has yet to clear
the concussion protocol but could get the go-ahead before Monday
night's home game against the Cowboys. He has had two concussions
this season, missing the Week 2 loss to the Buffalo Bills after
sustaining a head injury in the season opener at Dallas.
Rookie cornerback/kick returner Corey Ballentine, also in the
concussion protocol, was a full participant in practice on Thursday.
His status for Monday remained uncertain.
--After a second medical opinion, Denver Broncos quarterback Joe
Flacco is expected to be out four to six weeks with a herniated
cervical disk, according to multiple media reports. Flacco also is
likely to avoid surgery, pending reviews by additional doctors.
Several news outlets reported that Flacco was expected to be placed
on injured reserve with the neck injury, which would force the
Broncos to make a roster move. However, recent reports speculate
that Denver may not make a decision about IR until after their Week
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Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams (71) stands in the tunnel
prior to the Redskins' game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedEx
Field. The Eagles won 24-0. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY
The team already announced that Brandon Allen will make his first
NFL start on Sunday when the Broncos host the Cleveland Browns, and
practice squad rookie Brett Rypien will serve as the backup.
--Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams practiced in full
pads for the first time in five weeks, according to multiple
Adams has been sidelined with turf toe on his right foot since a
34-27 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 26. He has missed the
Packers' past four games.
Adams practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, so his progression to
full pads Thursday was a positive sign that he could be active
Sunday at the Los Angeles Chargers.
--New York Jets rookie linebacker Blake Cashman reportedly is out
for the season with a shoulder injury.
The fifth-round draft pick from Minnesota sustained a torn labrum
and a fracture in his shoulder in practice Wednesday, according to
the New York Daily News.
It's the latest blow to a Jets inside linebackers group that lost
Avery Williamson to a torn ACL in the preseason and has had top free
agent signee C.J. Mosley (groin) healthy for only two games.
--The Pittsburgh Steelers returned linebacker Anthony Chickillo to
the active roster after he was removed from the commissioner's
exempt list. He is now eligible to play and practice.
On Oct. 20, Chickillo, 26, was arrested at a casino hotel in
southern Pennsylvania and charged with simple assault, criminal
mischief and harassment relating to a domestic dispute with his
girlfriend, Alysha Newman, an Olympic pole vaulter for the Canadian
All charges were withdrawn Wednesday because Chickillo and Newman,
who was cited for harassment in the incident, elected not to pursue
--Field Level Media
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