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.