Redskins Place Guard Mike Williams On Non-Football Illness List

Williams, who was expected to compete for the starting right guard position this season, has been placed on the non-football illness list.

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Redskins Put Mike Williams On Non-Football Illness List

Via Chris Russell:

Mike Williams not released, but put on non football illness list #redskins

This runs contrary to an earlier report that he was going to be cut, although that still remains a possibility down the line.

It's "unclear if Williams will receive an injury settlement from the Redskins," according to Ryan O'Halloran.

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Redskins Cut Guard Mike Williams

Guard Mike Williams, sitting out the 2010-2011 season due to blood clots near his heart, will be released by the Redskins, according to multiple reports.

Coach Mike Shanahan made the announcement. Best of luck and hopefully a healthy recovery for the big guard, who filled in admirably at times on the Redskins' depleted offensive line last season.

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Williams Talks To Reporters About His Medical Situation

Details are leaking out slowly about Mike Williams' blood clots which could sideline him for the season, due to the serious nature of the situation, but from all reports, Mike seems to be taking the news about the situation well.

According to Chris Russell, he still has hope that he'll be able to return to football this season:

Other quotes from #Redskins OG Mike Williams that he gave approval "I'm not dead" and "If I get 100 % cleared, Im going to play football"

Russell also tweeted that Williams "sounded terrific" which is a very encouraging sign.

Kelli Johnson from CSN Washington also talked with Williams and had this to report:

Talked 2Skins Mike Williams,he's doing well;out 6 mnths w/blood clots n lungs;Disappointed but n good spirits as usual;health most important

It looks like the Redskins are taking an extremely cautious approach to Mike Williams' situation, which is probably best for everyone involved. It looks like there is still some hope that Williams can get back on the field this season, but don't expect to see him on the field unless the Redskins are beyond 100% sure that Williams is completely healthy.

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Report: Mike Williams Could Be Out For The Season Due To Blood Clots

Jason Reid is reporting that guard Mike Williams will miss the entire 2010 season due to blood clots near his heart. There is concern that Williams' clots could create a serious issue if he plays this season, according to Reid's sources:

Williams, projected to compete for a starting spot at right guard, was hospitalized recently because the problem, the team sources said. Although Williams has been released from the hospital, the organization is concerned that his condition could be career-threatening and likely will keep him off the field for at least the upcoming season, which gets underway July 29 when the team begins its first training camp under Coach Mike Shanahan.

If Williams is indeed out for the season, the Redskins would likely turn to Artis Hicks to fill Williams' position at right guard. Hicks started three games in Minnesota last season before signing in Washington during the off-season.

The Redskins have made several moves to improve their offensive line during the off-season, which make them better equipped to deal with this blow, but it's still not the news they would like. We'll keep you updated on any news regarding changes in Mike Williams' condition and if the Redskins plan on signing another player to bolster the offensive line.

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