Allen talks Fletcher, Davis, the field at FedEx and More

Allen talks Fletcher, Davis, the field at FedEx and More
February 14, 2013, 6:45 pm
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RICHMOND -- In a brief but wide-ranging interview session Thursday afternoon, Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen answered questions on a number of offseason issues facing the team, ranging from London Fletcher’s future to the condition of the turf at FedEx Field.

Here’s a rundown of the issues Allen addressed: 

*Asked about the condition of Trent Williams, who was injured last month during an altercation at nightclub in Hawaii, Allen said the starting left tackle is “fine.” Williams was hit in the head with a champagne bottle and was unable to participate in his first Pro Bowl as a result of the injuries.

“He had some stitches [and] they’ve been removed,” Allen said. “The league officials said not only did Trent not doing anything wrong, he did everything right. He handled himself with great professionalism.”

*Earlier this month, Fletcher, 37, hinted that he still has not decided whether he’ll return for a 16th NFL season. Allen said Fletcher has not informed the team yet, either.

“London is allowed to do that,” Allen said of his defensive captain, who has one year at $5.5 million remaining on his contract. “He’s got another three or four good years in him. We’ll let him decide what he wants to do.”

*Asked about Fred Davis’ recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon, Allen said everything is on target. Allen did not, however, address Davis’ pending free agency or whether the team intends to franchise him for a second straight offseason.

“He’s progressing well,” Allen said of the tight end. “It’s a very serious injury. We won’t know a lot until later in the spring, where he’s at. But he’s working very hard and we expect he’ll have a full recovery.”

*Allen said the wide receiver’s coaching position remains open. Ike Hilliard resigned earlier this offseason to accept the same position in Buffalo.

*Asked about the widely-criticized playing surface at FedEx Field, Allen acknowledged that the team should have re-sodded during a break in the schedule in October. He also said the team will not consider using artificial turf.

“We missed an opportunity between the 7th game and the 10th game to re-sod the field,” Allen said. “Once the [2013] schedule comes out, our people are ready to commit to a schedule so we have some new sod for the end of the year. We think that is going to address the playing field in December and hopefully January.”