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Chris Thompson's availability for Sunday's Redskins-Bears game is unclear


Chris Thompson's availability for Sunday's Redskins-Bears game is unclear

Chris Thompson has a tear in his shoulder labrum and was among five Redskins who did not practice on Wednesday, Coach Jay Gruden said.

“That’s a concern,” Gruden said, referring to the running back’s availability for Sunday’s game in Chicago. “He can play with that, possibly, if he has enough strength and the swelling and the pain goes down. So we’re concerned about Chris a little bit.”

Gruden said Thompson probably will not practice Thursday but could participate in Friday’s session.

If Thompson is unavailable, Gruden said the third down back role could be filled by Matt Jones or Christine Michael, who is currently on the practice squad.

“That’s a tough position,” Gruden said. “That’s a guy that has to know all of the protections and obviously be a force out of the backfield, winning one-on-one matchups. …Matt Jones actually did a good job on third down last week in the blitz pickups. He had some excellent blitz pickups, so he’s an option.”

The other players who did not suit up Wednesday were defensive ends Stephen Paea (toe) and Jason Hatcher (neck/ankle), safety Jeron Johnson (hamstring) and wide receiver Andre Roberts (knee).

Paea is expected to be out a least a week, if not longer due to Grade 2 plantar plate tear.

Hatcher, meantime, suffered a stinger against the Cowboys. Although an MRI came back clean, Gruden said, his availability for Sunday’s game might not be known later this week.

“It’s just a matter of getting his strength back,” Gruden said.

Tight end Derek Carrier (ankle), linebackers Will Compton (shoulder) and Keenan Robinson (shoulder) and safety Dashon Goldson (knee/hamstring/wrist) were all limited. 

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban


Cowboys WR Terrance Williams gets 3-game substance abuse ban

Dallas Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams has been suspended three games for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy, a ban he will serve while on injured reserve because of lingering issues from offseason surgery for a broken right foot.

The league said Thursday the suspension will be in effect Sunday when the Cowboys visit Washington. After Dallas’ open week and a home game against Tennessee, the final game of the ban will be Nov. 11 at Philadelphia.

But Williams will miss at least three more games after that while on injured reserve. His first possible game is Dec. 9 at home against the Eagles.

Williams was arrested in May on a charge of public intoxication in the Dallas suburb of Frisco, where team headquarters is located. The case was dismissed after Williams completed a state-mandated alcohol awareness education course.

Williams was ineffective before being placed on IR, as he mustered just two catches for 18 total yards over the Cowboys first two games. Dallas will also be without wide receiver Tavon Austin on Sunday when they face the Washington Redskins. Austin is suffering from a groin injury, and expected to be out multiple weeks.

NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux contributed to this story.


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Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt


Adrian Peterson's kids and the Internet are why he designed that shoe-in-facemask shirt

Luke Kuechly was just trying to make a tackle.

During the Redskins-Panthers Week 6 matchup, the Carolina star dove to wrap up Adrian Peterson and, like many, many, many before him, failed to bring the RB down.

Unfortunately for Kuechly, something else happened on the play that is going to help it live on much longer than your routine defensive mistake.

That something, of course, is that Peterson's cleat came off in the collision and lodged itself in Kuechly's facemask. And the uniqueness of that is why Peterson is now selling T-shirts commemorating it:

"I thought it was pretty cool," Peterson said Thursday in the 'Skins' locker room when asked why he felt moved to create the shirts, of which there are three to choose from on his site. "My kids got a big kick out of it. Obviously, the Internet did as well."

No. 26 has carried the ball 2,651 times in his career but said he's never had an attempt go like that one that involved his footwear and Kuechly's headgear.

However, because he's a legend, Peterson was able to deal with the lost shoe and still go on to pick up a nice chunk of yards as well as a first down.

"As I'm breaking free and I feel my shoe coming off, the only thing on my mind is, 'OK, let me make sure I plant my foot in a way where I don't slip,'" he explained. "That was the only thing I was focusing on on that play."

Will Kuechly get a shirt, though? After all, without him, they wouldn't exist in the first place.

"I might send him one," Peterson said.

What's lower: the odds of Kuechly wearing that shirt should Peterson ever send it along or the odds of another shoe finding its way into the linebacker's facemask? 

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