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Rob Kelley will be on the Redskins active roster Monday night against Kansas City, a source told CSN Mid-Atlantic on Friday.

But don't expect that to change Washington's plans for Chris Thompson. 

With four touchdowns in three games, Thompson is off to a dynamic start to the 2017 season.

Capable getting the ball on handoffs or catching passes out of the backfield, Thompson has been the Redskins best offensive player so far this season. 

Kelley missed the Redkins third game, a dominant win over the Raiders, where Thompson went for more than 180 total yards. In two games prior, however, Thompson still excelled while Kelley was on the field. 

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Against the Rams, Kelley rushed 12 times for 78 yards at the same time Thompson scored two touchdowns. 

The two players coexist well in the Redskins backfield. Kelley can serve as the banger on first and second downs where Thompson is the perfect fit for Jay Gruden's offense on third down. 

Thompson can provide more that that too, but Gruden has been clear he wants to keep the 5-foot-8 Thompson healthy for the entire season. That means he will not overload his star back with carries, and Kelley can certainly step in and help in that role. 

 

"When you’ve got a guy that can do it all, it’s tempting to have him in there a lot. But we’ve also got other backs that give it different dimensions. They’re a little bigger built, can take a pounding on some of the inside runs. So we’re selective with how to use him but we don’t hesitate to put him on the field if we think it’s something he can do," the coach said of Thompson before the Raider game. 

Against the Raiders, even with Thompson's success, rookie Samaje Perine got 19 carries.

With Kelley on the field against the Chiefs, Perine might still get carries, but neither he nor Kelley's usage will impact the game plan for Thompson. 

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