Redskins' Gruden expects Williams 'shortly'; Guice cleared

Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Wednesday he expects offensive tackle Trent Williams to show up soon, after the veteran did not report for the start of training camp.

"We know how we feel about Trent, how important he is to this team," Gruden told reporters. "We expect him here shortly. Right now, there are some things he has to work out individually, personally, with his agent ... whatever that may be. Love Trent, love what he's done for this franchise and this team."

NFL Network reported Monday that Williams would not report for the start of camp, saying his absence could last for some time. The report added Williams is unhappy with the medical staff after a tumor scare earlier this offseason and would also like at least an "alteration" to his contract. A CBS Sports report earlier this offseason said Williams wanted out of Washington.

Gruden did not sound overly concerned, however.

"It's just something we have to go through," he said. "It's business at this point. I expect him to come back. Hope is not a word I'm going to use -- I expect him to come back. He understands what this franchise has done for him and he understands what he's done for this franchise. Hopefully we get him back soon."

Williams, who turned 31 on Friday, has reached seven consecutive Pro Bowls. He has been with the Redskins since 2010, when they took him fourth overall in the NFL draft.

Meanwhile, Gruden announced that second-year running back Derrius Guice has been fully cleared for training camp.

Guice tore his ACL during the 2018 preseason, had additional surgeries to fight an infection in the knee, and then pulled a hamstring during OTAs.

"It was not that big of a deal though," Gruden said of the hamstring issue. "In a couple of weeks, he'll be fine. He's been running and training the last couple of weeks before training camp here today. He's been working with the trainers and got it back, so he's in good shape."

Guice, 22, was a second-round pick in 2018. He was expected to compete for the starting role as a rookie before his torn ACL.

Gruden also confirmed that he will continue to hold an open competition at quarterback during training camp, as he did during the spring, with veterans Case Keenum and Colt McCoy battling rookie first-round pick Dwayne Haskins.

"We got to give these guys opportunities to make plays and see which one is the best," Gruden said. "It might come down to the wire."

Quarterback Alex Smith, who is working back from a gruesome compound leg fracture sustained in November, was officially placed on the physically unable to perform list. He is not expected to play any time soon.

--Field Level Media