Two bits of good news from Trent Williams today:
First, he did practice “a little bit yesterday,” although he says his status for Sunday in Philly is still up in the air. “It felt good to be actually back out there on the field with my teammates and going through the gameplan,” he said. “But, y’know, still uncertain for this week, and we won’t know until later on in the week.”
Second, simple mathematical tricks will not fool him into answering a question he doesn’t want to answer, which reflects the kind of savvy you want in a high draft pick.
Here’s how that bit of info came out:
Rich Campbell of the Free Lance-Star asked Williams if there was a percentage he could put on his health right now. Williams, unsurprisingly, declined, saying, “Nah, I can’t put a percentage on it.”
Fair enough. But Lindsay Murphy of FOX-5 decided to try to make the question less precise by one decimal place and asked if Williams would offer a number out of ten.
“Out of ten? I don’t know,” he said. “It’s really up in the air.”
His initial statement — that we won’t know until later in the week — pretty much ruled out the possibility of asking what the chances were out of 1, since the binary choice would’ve essentially amounted to a yes or no question.
Disappointing not to get an answer, but good to see him staying consistent.
Williams was also asked if it was important to him to play given that it’s Donovan McNabb‘s return to Philly, because everything must be tied back in to that storyline this week.
“I think it’s important to me that I be there,” Williams said, “but I wanna be there for every game, not just ’cause he’s going back to Philly. Philadelphia’s another team in the NFL that we have to play. A lot of that stuff, the extracurriculars, it all comes down to what we do between the hashes.”
He did at least clarify that the problem is currently with his toe, not his knee. “I could play through a knee,” Williams said, “but the toe is really my foundation, so it makes it a little bit harder sometimes.”
Which means that he’s just trying to get that squared. “You rehab it,” he explained. “Just gotta get it stronger, work some of the swelling out of the joint. You know. It’s a long, tedious process, but I think we’re making good time on it.”
The sooner the better, honestly.
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