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Doug Williams: ‘Never in my life have I said anything so insensitive’

The Redskins’ Doug Williams apologized for his remarks regarding Reuben Foster. who was claimed by the team last weekend despite his recent domestic violence arrest.
The Redskins’ Doug Williams apologized for his remarks regarding Reuben Foster. who was claimed by the team last weekend despite his recent domestic violence arrest. File/John McDonnell/Washington Post

Redskins senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams has apologized for remarks he made in a radio interview defending the team’s decision to claim Reuben Foster off waivers.

The Redskins were the only team to put in a claim for Foster after the 49ers released him following a domestic violence arrest over the weekend. In an interview with a Washington radio station Wednesday, Williams said the Redskins were willing to take the public relations ‘‘beat up’’ for signing Foster and added, ‘‘We've got people who are in high, high, high, high places that have done far worse.’’

After practice Friday, Williams issued an apology to the organization, his wife, mother, sister, and six daughters, saying, ‘‘Never in my life have I said anything so insensitive.’’


Williams did not take any questions.

Chargers missing two

Chargers running back Melvin Gordon and linebacker Brandon Mebane have been ruled out for Sunday night’s key AFC showdown in Pittsburgh.

Neither player has practiced this week.

Gordon, who is sixth in the NFL in rushing, sprained the MCL in his right knee during Sunday’s 45-10 win over Arizona. Austin Ekeler is expected to get the start in place of Gordon.

Mebane will miss his second straight game while dealing with what coach Anthony Lynn says is a family issue. Mebane is fifth on the team in tackles (43) and has one sack. Damion Square is likely to get the start.

Bowles waits on QB

Jets coach Todd Bowles declined to announce whether Sam Darnold or Josh McCown will start at Tennessee.

Darnold is questionable as he recovers from a strained right foot, while McCown was a full participant at practice after being limited during the previous two practices because of back and right hand ailments.

‘‘I've kind of decided, but I'll make it public on Sunday,’’ Bowles said in a display of gamesmanship.


Darnold has missed the past two games, but showed progress Wednesday by participating in team drills for the first time since being injured against Miami on Nov. 4. He was limited during all three practice sessions this week.

Darnold said Wednesday his foot was feeling ‘‘a little sore,’’ but had no pain and was ‘‘hopeful’’ he'd be ready to play against the Titans.

The rookie quarterback could very well be active Sunday, but as the No. 2 quarterback behind McCown.

McCown is ready to play either way. His right hand was cut when he banged it on a helmet during the Jets’ loss last Sunday to New England. Davis Webb has served as his backup the last two games while Darnold has been sidelined.

Webb also took snaps in team drills during the week, but it will be either McCown or Darnold under center against the Titans.

In other injury news, safety Marcus Maye was ruled out for the second straight game because of shoulder and thumb injuries, with Darryl Roberts expected to fill Maye’s spot again after starting against New England.

For the Titans, cornerback Malcolm Butler has been cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol and is expected to play Sunday.

Butler suffered a stinger in Monday night’s 34-17 loss to the Texans, and he was limited on Wednesday and Thursday while in the concussion protocol. Butler practiced fully Friday.

Butler, who signed a five-year, $61 million contract in the offseason, has been inconsistent this season and been used recently as the third cornerback with Adoree’ Jackson and Logan Ryan starting.


Trubisky likely out

Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky will likely will miss his second straight game because of a right shoulder injury when the NFC North leaders visit the Giants on Sunday. Trubisky was hurt sliding late in a win over Minnesota on Nov. 18 when he was hit by the Vikings’ Harrison Smith on the left side, resulting in his throwing shoulder getting driven into the ground.

Though Trubisky practiced on a limited basis this week, veteran Chase Daniel figures to make his second straight start for the NFC North leaders.

Jaguars secondary takes hit

The Jaguars could be without two starting defensive backs Sunday against Indianapolis. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey (knee) and safety Tashaun Gipson (ankle) are listed as questionable on the team’s injury report. They did not practice Wednesday and Thursday, but were limited participants Friday . . . The 49ers will once again be without receivers Marquise Goodwin and Pierre Garcon. Coach Kyle Shanahan said Goodwin will miss this weekend’s game at Seattle because he is dealing with a serious family issue and Garcon will be out with a knee injury . . . The Raiders signed cornerback Montrel Meander and placed cornerback Leon Hall on injured reserve. Meander had been on the practice squad in Cleveland before signing with the Raiders on Friday. He was an undrafted free agent out of Grambling, where he had two interceptions his senior season.