The shoulder holds up well during games, allowing Redskins running back Chris Thompson to ignore the reality of his injury for a few hours. A day or so later, the pain in his shoulder serves as a constant reminder.
But it’s a pain Thompson is fine enduring for now.
“I’ll be OK going forward, but sometimes I get worried about what the news might be after the season,” said Thompson, who has 35 catches for 240 yards and two touchdowns as well as 28 runs for 197 yards this season. “I’m not worried about game time, it’s what we have to do during the offseason.”
In other words, if he’ll need surgery to repair the torn labrum in his shoulder. But Thompson will continue to play with the injury, knowing he must always prove his durability and knowing that the Redskins might need him. Rookie running back Matt Jones is bothered by a hip pointer that sidelined him in practice again Friday.
Thompson had been the Redskins’ third-down back until his injury. That led to the team signing Pierre Thomas, who has helped the past three games with eight catches for 79 yards. Both Thomas and Thompson were active against the Eagles Saturday. That’ll likely be the case Sunday as well, the story said. But with Thompson's injury and the way Thomas played last week against the Eagles, it would be hard to trust Thompson.