Early in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to the Giants, Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins was carted off with an ankle injury. But just minutes later, the rookie signal-caller returned to the sideline in full uniform and wanted to return to the game.
That's when Redskins owner Dan Snyder stepped in. Snyder came down from his owner's suite to check on his quarterback and advised Haskins to listen to the team's medical advice. The Redskins released a statement following the game that the team doctors did not clear the rookie to return to action.
Many Redskins fans were outraged on Twitter and over social media that Snyder became involved when dealing with an injury. With some of the injury history this team has (circa Robert Griffin III in 2012), it's understandable to some extent.
Redskins running back Chris Thompson was asked on The Sports Junkies whether Snyder's involvement was out of the norm, and the running back completely shot down that narrative.
"I mean, Haskins is the guy. He's the guy of the future," Thompson said. "So it would make sense to me for [Snyder] to go down and talk to him and tell him to be smart. That's the biggest thing. He's a competitive guy, so he's going to try and go back out there in the game, of course. That's the smart thing to do right now, in my opinion, is to sit back and chill."
The running back had a conversation with Haskins on the bench, and also told the rookie to not force his way back into the game when he clearly wasn't healthy enough to play.
"I sat by him, and he was like, 'Man, I want to go back in. I'm trying to go back in,'" Thompson said. "I was like, 'Nah, bro. You need to chill out. Let Case [Keenum] take it. Just chill out. Be smart.'"
Thompson also explained that when he was significantly injured earlier on in his career, Snyder came down to check on him as well.
"I remember when I hurt my ankle, had my ankle injured, he came out and he made sure I was taken care of and I was fine, stuff like that," Thompson said.
When Thompson needed to fly home to get surgery on his ankle, Snyder let the running back take his private jet to do so.
Prior to yesterday's game, Thompson was feeling ill and unsure if he was able to play. Snyder came down pregame to check on No. 25 and talked to the doctors to see what they could do to help Thompson feel better to play.
"Before the game, I was feeling terrible yesterday," Thompson said. "[Snyder] came into the locker room and was like 'I heard you're sick, what do you need? We need to get you something to get you through this game.' He was talking to the doctors and everything."
While many fans have their disliking with Snyder, almost every player has had only positive things to say about him. That even includes Trent Williams, who has only been positive when speaking of Snyder while he vowed to never play for the organization again.
"I think for me personally, he really does care about us. No guys have ever had any bad experience with him," Thompson said. "Every time I see him, he talks to me, he speaks to me. He asks me if I'm okay, if I'm feeling good. It's stuff like that behind the scenes that nobody sees and that's why guys like Trent [Williams] speak up for him."
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