Trent Williams says he learned from his suspension

Trent Williams sat out the final four games of the 2011 season, suspended for multiple positive tests for recreational drugs.

The left tackle for the Washington Redskins said he made a mistake, although the plural of the word probably applies better in his case.

“Obviously we’re dealing with the (NFL’s drug) program and they take a certain amount of measures to make sure it doesn’t occur again,” Williams said Monday at teammate Brian Orakpo’s golf outing, according to John Keim of the Washington Examiner. “That’s all behind me, store it in the past and just ready to get this playoffs.

“It was tough having to watch the game from the couch. It’s something I’ve never been a part of and something I never thought I’d be doing. But that’s the type of stuff you do when you make decisions like that. I made a mistake and you just got to deal with it.

“It’s all about progression, man. If I came out the same as I was last year that means I’m getting worse. Step it up and be more of a leader. Obviously don’t make some of the mistakes I made in the past and be a better player and lead by example also.
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“I can’t wait man. We got a new quarterback, we got a whole new team. It’s going to be fun.”

It will be Williams’ job to protect the blind side of that quarterback, No. 2 overall pick Robert Griffin III. Hopefully, Williams’ has his priorities sorted out and is living clean. Another positive test would lead to a full-season suspension.

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