The Washington Redskins will have all-purpose back Chris Thompson available on game day for the first time in more than a month when they travel to face the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.
Thompson was a full participant in practice Friday after missing the last four games due to fractured ribs. The offense, which ranks 27th in the league in points per game and total yards per game, is in dire need of healthy playmakers.
“He’s a very explosive player not just when he touches the ball, but when he’s in [pass] protection also,” Coach Jay Gruden said, adding that the Eagles are good at applying pressure, often by blitzing. “It’s very important. He’s a guy who is a valuable asset to this football team.”
Cornerback Quinton Dunbar was the lone nonparticipant at Friday’s practice and seems unlikely to play as he continues to deal with a nerve issue in his leg. Gruden declined to rule him out, however.
Linebacker Zach Brown (knee), defensive lineman Matt Ioannidis (shin), tackle Morgan Moses (ankle), running back Adrian Peterson (shoulder), guard Tony Bergstrom (knee), wide receiver Jamison Crowder (ankle), tight end Jordan Reed (back) and receiver Trey Quinn (ankle) were all limited in Friday’s session. This was the first time Moses practiced this week.
Crowder has been optimistic this week about returning for the first time since Oct. 8.
“I think we got still got some question marks,” Gruden said, “We talked about Brown and Ioannidis, Peterson, Bergstrom, Crowder, Reed. Those guys all limited and Dunbar, of course. It has a major affect on how many linemen we dress, how many linebackers you dress and special teams has a trickle-down effect.”