Washington Redskins Place Mike Williams On Non-Football Injury List

Veteran guard Mike Williams is expected to miss the 2010 season with blood clots near his heart, according to a report.

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Redskins Place Guard Mike Williams On Non-Football Injury List

Contrary to an earlier report, the Washington Redskins did not release Mike Williams on the first day of training camp; they instead placed him on the non-football injury list.

According to Ryan O’Halloran of CSN Washington, Williams met with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan on Thursday morning and told him he wants to continue his career and plans to remain in the Northern Virginia area.

The language of Williams’ release has not been finalized, but his departure leaves the roster at the maximum 80 players.

"Anytime you’re on the blood thinner, you can’t compete," Shanahan said after the Redskins opened training camp with a 70-minute workout. "Hopefully in six months, he’ll take a physical and be able to play."

Williams, 30, started eight games last year for the Redskins, but was in line to compete for a starting spot before getting sidelined by blood clots.

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Washington Redskins Announce Release Of Mike Williams On First Day Of Training Camp

Reports out of Washington Redskins training camp this afternoon, which just wrapped up with its first session, have the team releasing guard Mike Williams.

Reporter Rick Maese of The Washington Post just tweeted from coach Mike Shanahan’s post-practice press gathering:

Redskins cut guard Mike Williams, who’s sitting out the seeason due to blood clots, Shanahan said

Williams, a former top-five draft pick of the Buffalo Bills, was signed as a project before the 2009 NFL season after being out of the league for a year; he had ballooned to more than 400 pounds. After getting in shape, he made the 2009 team and got time at tackle before moving inside and spending the rest of the season at guard.

He was hospitalized because of blood clots earlier this summer.

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