Report: Blood clots will keep Mike Williams out in 2010

The first order of business for Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen with the Washington Redskins this offseason was rebuilding the offensive line. They were looking for quality and quantity for a team that flat ran out of bodies a year ago.

That’s a good thing because they’ve already lost one moving into the 2010 season. Veteran Mike Williams, who did a credible job of working himself into shape to play again, will miss the entire year with blood clots near his heart, according to a report by Jason Reid of the Washington Post.

Williams, a former first-round draft pick by the Buffalo Bills who weighed 410 pounds when the Redskins signed him off the street, was going to be in the mix for a starting job, maybe at right guard. Now, he could have a career-threatening situation. The Redskins declined comment to Reid.

It had been a good story watching Williams make a comeback after being out of football for two years. He had last played in 2005 and worked his way into a position where he contributed in 2009. Now, it’s debatable whether or not he will be able to play again. Chris Samuels, the longtime left tackle for the Redskins, retired after last season when he made the decision a neck injury would make it unsafe for him to continue his career. In a situation like this, it would not be surprising for Williams to seek multiple medical opinions.

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