Chris Thompson Injury: Updates on Redskins RB's Recovery from Shoulder Surgery

Mike ChiariFeatured Columnist

Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson (25) carries the ball during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants in Landover, Md., Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
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Following a solid 2015 season as the Washington Redskins' third-down running back, Chris Thompson is set to undergo shoulder surgery.  

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Thompson to Undergo Shoulder Surgery

Wednesday, Jan. 27

The third-year back tweeted the news Wednesday:

Thompson finished the 2015 campaign with 216 rushing yards and 35 receptions for 240 yards and two touchdowns.

According to Rich Tandler of, Thompson suffered a torn labrum in November, although he managed to finish out the season and play in Washington's playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The 25-year-old Florida State alum has a history of shoulder issues, as he was placed on injured reserve with a torn labrum in his left shoulder in 2013.

Despite his track record, Thompson seemed unconcerned when asked about the severity of the injury and the magnitude of the surgery:

While Alfred Morris and Matt Jones handled the bulk of the rushing duties in 2015, Thompson was a key player due to his status as a safety valve for quarterback Kirk Cousins.

That was quite apparent in the playoffs as he made eight catches for 89 yards with the Redskins trailing and attempting to make a comeback.

With Morris set to hit free agency, Thompson could become an even more important piece for the Redskins in 2016.

Should Washington let Morris walk, Thompson figures to see more carries as the No. 2 back behind Jones, unless another back is brought in.

The Greenville, Florida, native should have no shortage of time to recover from the surgery, which is why getting it done now is a sensible move.

Although no timetable has been given for his recovery, look for Thompson's profile to increase significantly in 2016 provided he is healthy for training camp and the preseason.


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