Williams was listed as questionable with a knee injury, though he did not practice at all this week. Friday, he dressed in his white jersey but stood with the athletic trainers off to the side as his teammates went through individual work.
Running back Rob Kelley was listed as doubtful with an ankle injury. Earlier in the week coach Jay Gruden had called him a longshot to play Sunday. Safety Deshazor Everett also was listed as doubtful with a hamstring injury.
Williams will be a game-time decision Sunday.
“We’ll see what it feels like on Sunday,” Williams said. “Hopefully I can see some improvement. That being said, I haven’t really done much in practice, at all.”
Gruden said he’d feel comfortable with Williams playing despite not practicing, in large part because of his history. Williams is a five-time Pro Bowler who has played through multiple injuries over the years.
“He’s such a good athlete that even if he’s a little sore and not quite 100 percent he’s still more effective than the majority of tackles in the league,” Gruden said. “The big thing for him is pain tolerance and how much more sore it will get if he plays on it, and if he bangs it again, will it affect him for the whole season.”
But Williams knows it won’t be as simple as just playing through pain vs. San Francisco.
“I’ve been in some tough situations. It’s a little easier when something happens in the game and you’ve kinda got some adrenaline pumping,” Williams said. “When you’ve got to suffer through something for a few weeks, it’s a little different. I’ve got the same mentality that I’ve always had. I’m still going to try to go out there and be there for my teammates. If I can’t, it’s just a next-man-up league, that’s just how it is.”
That next man would be T.J. Clemmings, who started 30 games the previous two years at both tackle spots with Minnesota. But the Vikings cut him this summer.
With Norman out, the Redskins will use Quinton Dunbar, and Fabian Moreau at times, opposite Bashaud Breeland. Kendall Fuller remains the slot corner and would play safety in an emergency. The Redskins have only three healthy safeties with Everett hurting.