Sights and sounds from Redskins fan appreciation day
RICHMOND—Since last Monday, Redskins rookie Chris Thompson has been a spectator in practice, watching from the sideline as the position battle at running back unfolds on the field before him.
It’s been frustrating at times. But it’s also part of the plan.
“Everybody is not Adrian Peterson,” he said with a smile.
Thompson, of course, was referring to the Vikings running back who returned from ACL surgery in eight months and rushed for more than 2,000 yards last season. It’s been about nine months since Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee as a senior at Florida State.
There has been no setback, but there has been some soreness, according to Coach Mike Shanahan. So when Shanahan noticed that Thompson “looked a little sluggish” earlier in the week, he pulled him from practice as a precaution.
“I didn’t feel sloppy or anything, but he was right, I felt a little fatigued,” Thompson said. “I’m not used to football right now after being out for so long. Having these days off helped me a whole lot.”
Thompson said he and Shanahan discussed the possibility of taking days off in training camp soon after he was drafted.
“We had been talking as soon as I joined the team that going into training camp they were going to take it day-by-day with me, be smart,” he said. “Everybody comes back from an ACL injury different. So they just want to have me go a few days of practice and then be off for a while, whether that’s one day, two days, three days, whatever.”
Thompson is one of five tailbacks backs battling for a job behind starter Alfred Morris. It’s unclear how, or if, Thompson’s time off has affected the competition.
Thompson had a strenuous workout with the team’s strength coach Saturday and, according to Shanahan could be back on the field for practice as soon as Monday.
“He had a few good days, got a little sore,” Shanahan said. “In my experience with that, if you work a guy that’s been off for a while too quick, all you’re going to do is set him back. So hopefully he’s ready to go Monday. If not, Tuesday or Wednesday.”