Trent Williams should be ready for Cowboys; Jordan Reed unlikely

ASHBURN, Virginia -- Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams participated in practice Tuesday -- a good sign for his availability Thursday vs. the Dallas Cowboys.

When Williams has practiced late in the week, albeit in limited fashion, he’s played the following game. He’s been reduced to practicing one day a week since injuring his knee during an Oct. 2 loss at Kansas City. But when he’s been able to practice, he’s played.

Williams did not play vs. the New York Giants, mainly because it was a short week. He will have 11 days off since the last time he played, allowing the issues he’s having with his knee to at least settle down a little bit. Redskins coach Jay Gruden called Williams a game-time decision, so nothing is official. But the signs point to Williams playing.

However, tight end Jordan Reed did not practice and it remains highly unlikely that he’ll play due to a hamstring injury. It’s hard to imagine the Redskins wanting him to play if he hasn’t practiced since Nov. 9. Not only did he miss practice, he hasn’t been running this week. It will be his fifth consecutive missed game.

“Your guess is as good as mine,” Gruden said about Reed’s return. “Obviously there is an issue there, otherwise I would like to think he would be further along now. But we just have to get him healthy.”

Defensive end Terrell McClain (toe), center Chase Roullier (hand) and safety Montae Nicholson (concussion) also did not practice. But Roullier worked on snapping with the athletic trainers while his teammates went through individual work. Roullier snapped with a small brace on his right hand, the one he broke vs. New Orleans in Week 11.

McClain might miss playing vs. his former team.

“It’s an issue. We just don’t know the severity as far as how long,” Gruden said. “These big guys who have these toe injuries, there is a lot of weight that he has got to put on there. All the planting and moving around side to side, it’s a little bit more difficult. We will see what he can tolerate.”

With McClain out a second straight game, the Redskins will have to use A.J. Francis as both a reserve nose and nickel tackle as well as second-year Anthony Lanier. If Nicholson doesn’t play, the Redskins likely will start Deshazor Everett for a second consecutive game. Everett played ahead of DeAngelo Hall vs. the Giants; Hall did not play from scrimmage.