ASHBURN, Virginia — The Washington Redskins lastly acquired some good harm information Friday.
Coach Jay Gruden stated he’s “very optimistic” that working back Chris Thompson will return Monday evening vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. Thompson was a full participant in apply Friday, the primary time that has occurred since he broke a rib on his proper facet throughout a Week eight win on the New York Giants.
“I anticipate the blokes which can be full to be prepared to play,” Gruden stated.
Sources advised ESPN that Redskins VP Doug Williams, who apologized Friday, caught warmth for his “insensitive” feedback concerning the workforce’s transfer to declare Reuben Foster off waivers.
Thompson has missed the previous 4 video games and 6 general this season due to damaged ribs. The Redskins are anxious to get him back due to his skill to assistance on third downs, whether or not catching the ball or in safety. Additionally they need to use him to relieve starter Adrian Peterson in sure packages. Peterson has been coping with a shoulder harm, and so they need to ensure he finishes the ultimate 5 video games robust.
In 5 video games, Thompson has caught 28 passes for 209 yards and a landing. He is carried the ball 26 occasions for one more 113 yards.
“If you watch him run, there isn’t a challenge,” Gruden stated. “I believe he’ll be nice.”
The Redskins have misplaced three of their previous 4 video games, and their offense hasn’t scored greater than 23 factors since Week three. They rank 27th in yards per recreation and scoring. They hope Thompson will help, offering them with somebody who can rating anytime he touches the ball.
“He is a really explosive participant,” Gruden stated. “Typically he is pressured to block a defensive lineman, and generally he is pressured to block a defensive back, however the recognition of the fronts and the blitzes, he is superb at. Then we are able to get him exterior and work him within the screens and work him on some choices routes, so he is essential. He is a man that is a precious asset to this soccer workforce.”
Thompson stated for a number of weeks he struggled to sleep at evening. He could not sit for lengthy stretches in a chair or stand for lengthy intervals due to the ache. Laughing and sneezing damage. He may need returned had Washington performed its final recreation on a Sunday fairly than on Thanksgiving Day. However that further time gave him extra skill to heal.
“It is extra a psychological factor, and proper now I am mentally previous that time,” Thompson stated. “I may really feel a distinction between weeks two and three, and from three to 4 it felt even higher.”