Trent Williams says Washington Redskins doctors misdiagnosed his cancer more than FIVE YEARS ago … and the 7-time Pro Bowl left tackle says it nearly cost him his life.
The 31-year-old — who held out from the team earlier this season — returned to the Redskins this week … and in his first meeting with reporters, he made the stunning revelation.
Williams claims back in 2013, he approached team doctors about a growth on his head … but says after they told him it was a benign cyst and nothing to worry about, he essentially ignored it.
But, Williams says the tumor kept on growing … and when he finally went to have it checked out by independent doctors this year — they told him it was a serious form of cancer.
“[They] told me it was DFSP,” Williams said, referring to Dermatofibrosarcoma Protuberans. “That’s what the cancer is called. It’s a very rare soft tissue cancer.”
Williams said the form of cancer was so serious, “I almost lost my life” … and added, “I was lucky.”
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound offensive lineman said he needed multiple surgeries — including one where surgeons extracted the tumor from his skull — to fix the issue.
Williams says other than some lingering effects on his scalp due to the surgeries, he’s relatively fine now … but he says he’s having some serious difficulties trusting the Redskins.
Williams says the alleged misdiagnosis from team doctors is the reason he’s been away from the ‘Skins this season … and he didn’t seem sure if he’d ever play for the team again.
“Seriously, I almost lost my life,” Williams said. “You’re 30, coming off your seventh straight Pro Bowl and a doctor tells you to get your affairs in order.”
“It’s not going to sit well with you. And, it still doesn’t.”
We’re trying to reach Redskins officials for comment … we’ll let you know when we hear back.