After getting released by the Cardinals on Friday, Crezdon Butler did not remain unemployed long.The Redskins claimed him off waivers Saturday, giving the team five cornerbacks and Butler the second chance he had been seeking.Drafted out of Clemson in the fifth round by Pittsburgh in 2010, Butler played sparingly in four games his rookie season. He was waived by the Steelers the following preseason and claimed by Arizona a few days later.Butler, however, appeared in only one regular season game with the Cardinals before a gruesome ankle suffered in practice cut his season short.I need my speed, and that was the first thing that went when I broke my ankle, Butler said. Sometimes it gets a little bit sore after practice, which is normal any time you break a bone. But once Im loose, its loose. Its 100-percent healed.The 25-year-old spent the entire offseason in Arizona but was released on cutdown day as the Cardinals squeezed down to league maximum of 53 players. The Redskins had left open a spot on their roster, presumably for Butler, whose strengths are his speed, size (6 foot 1, 191) and versatility.I was disappointed to get cut by the Cardinals, Butler said. But its always a blessing to have a job.The Ashville, N.C. native arrived in town Sunday and went through his first practice in Ashburn on Monday.Butler joins a cornerback corps that includes DeAngelo Hall, Josh Wilson, Cedric Griffin, Richard Crawford. Butler said he can play either side, cover the slot, and line up as a free safety if necessary. He also received ample time on special teams with the Cardinals.Although hes familiar with the Redskins scheme after playing in similar systems in Arizona and Pittsburgh, Butler said the terminology is different. For that reason, he knows he might not play Sunday m New Orleans.They might give me a week to get up to speed, get all the terminology down, Butler said. But if they call upon me, Im going to be ready. Well probably see Friday whats going on.The terminology might be different, but Butler did something familiar when he walked into the Redskins locker room: former Clemson teammate Jarvis Jenkins.It helps a lot coming to a new team, having someone show you around, so youre not just lost in the woods, lost, Butler said. It means a lot. Ive been at Jarvis house every day since Ive been here.
Chris Thompson's play had been probably the brightest spot of the Redskins' 2017 season, one that through 11 weeks had been made up largely of injuries and frustrating inconsistency.
But then, probably the worst-case scenario played out for Washington in their matchup with the Saints, as the star running back was carted off the field in an air cast after having his knee rolled up on on a Kirk Cousins scramble.
In addition to the fact that Thompson is having a sensational year, he's also regarded as the nicest, friendliest guy on the Burgundy. Those two factors made watching him leave in tears really hard, and it caused a lot of people to get pretty emotional.
Plenty of folks, from teammates to former teammates and others with ties to the NFL, tweeted about the injury after it happened. Here's a sampling:
CT 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽— Mason_Foster (@Mason_Foster) November 19, 2017
Send a prayer up for @ChrisThompson_4 🙏🏾— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) November 19, 2017
Soo sad to see. Dude is heart n soul of this offense.— Anthony Boccarossa (@ABoccarossa1) November 19, 2017
Chris Thompson is such a great story and has become such a terrific player. I hate this for him. #WASvsNO— Michael Jenkins (@JenksNBCS) November 19, 2017
🙏🏿 for Chris Thompson.. kid can play....— Thurman Thomas (@thurmanthomas) November 19, 2017
Not gonna lie, I got a little teary eyed when I saw it 😢— LORI (@ALWAYS_LA) November 19, 2017
NEW ORLEANS —The sad scene played out midway through the third quarter as Redskins running back Chris Thompson got carted off the Superdome field.
Thompson appeared to get rolled up on from behind by a Saints defender at the end of a Kirk Cousins run.
The injury looked bad in real time, and much worse on subsequent replays.
Most Washington players stood around Thompson as he got placed on the cart and the medical staff deployed a brace onto his lower right leg.
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This injury to Chris Thompson doesn't look good. Right ankle gets trapped underneath a Saints player pic.twitter.com/WW8hQcp42n— Mark Bullock (@MarkBullockNFL) November 19, 2017
Thompson has been Washington's best offensive player this season.
Through nine games, he has accumulated more than 750 total yards and five touchdowns. Thompson leads the NFL in receiving yards by a running back.
Injuries have been hitting the Redskins hard this season, and it seems Thompson will miss significant time. FOX analyst Troy Aikman wondered if Thompson's season was all but over.