Trent Williams' absence from the Washington Redskins' mandatory minicamp is due, at least in part, to his discontent over the team's handling of a medical situation, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.
A growth was recently removed from the veteran left tackle's head that doctors initially feared to be malignant.
"I think where the frustration might lie is in the timing of a diagnosis; maybe he wished the diagnosis had come a little sooner," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told reporters on Wednesday, according to Les Carpenter and Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post. "That's my understanding."
Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowler who's spent his entire career in Washington, also wants a new contract, according to Rapoport. There are two seasons remaining on the five-year, $68-million deal he inked in 2015.
"I just know he's absent," Gruden said, according to Pro Football Talk's Charean Williams. "The medical stuff is out of my hands. The contractual stuff is out of my hands."
Williams is so irate over the medical situation that he's demanded a trade or release, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.
However, none of his coaches or teammates have said Williams wants out. Running back Adrian Peterson even said he expects the lineman to be at training camp later in the summer.
"I'm not getting into all that, but I expect him to be back, and I don't see why that wouldn't be the case," he said.