Moss, Morgan join Thompson as punt returner candidates

Chris Thompson

Chris Thompson breaks free on a 69-yard punt return for a touchdown against Tampa Bay in the Redskins’ preseason finale (Johnathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Rookie running back Chris Thompson made the Washington Redskins’ 53-man roster over the weekend after scoring a touchdown on a 69-yard punt return in last Thursday’s preseason finale at Tampa.

That seemed to signal that Thompson is in line to take over as the team’s punt returner for Richard Crawford, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during the preseason.

But Coach Mike Shanahan declined to name a punt returner Monday, saying that wide receivers Santana Moss and Josh Morgan also remain candidates.

“Chris is definitely a top candidate as well as Santana and Josh Morgan,” Shanahan said. “Those are our three candidates going into the game.”

Thompson was not declaring himself the winner of the punt-return job, either.

“I’m just continuing to work,” he said after Monday’s practice. “Game day — we’ve still got a couple more days. I’ll just continue to work, continue to get better out here. Then on Monday we’ll find out.”

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What’s ahead:

● Blog posts on Pat White and Kirk Cousins.

● The next Redskins to hold news conferences are Mike Shanahan and Robert Griffin III after practice on Wednesday.

● The NFL season kicks off Thursday night with the Ravens in Denver.

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