The Redskins’ scuffling ground game could receive a boost Sunday at New England.
Third down running back Chris Thompson says he hopes to make his return after missing last week’s game with a significant lower back bruise that he suffered against the Jets.
“I feel good about this week,” Thompson said. “I just have to continue to get better with it. I’ve been able to run for two or three days now. So it’s more about being able to play football now. I know I can run, but I have to see if I can turn and catch, and get in and out of my breaks.”
In six games this season, Thompson has 120 yards on 19 carries (team-leading 6.3 yards per). The 25-year-old has also hauled in 23 receptions for 150 yards, a touchdown and eight first downs.
Although Thompson finished the Jets game, the bruise quickly grew into a gruesome knot the size of a grapefruit, he said.
“The back pad wasn’t covering that spot,” he added. “I just landed flat on the turf."
Thompson said fellow running back Alfred Morris had been warning him for weeks to get a bigger back pad, which attaches to the lower portion of the shoulder pads and covers the lower spine and kidneys. Considered it a lesson learned the hard way. A larger pad is set to arrive Wednesday, Thompson cracked.
“Alfred has been telling for a like a month that you need to get a longer back pad [and] I didn’t listen to him,” Thompson lamented. “Then this happened. They ordered an extension to bring it lower, right on that lump.”
The lump has since shrunk to the size of a baseball, but it still protrudes from Thompson’s back, just above his waistline.
“You can’t do anything about it,” Thompson said of the swelling. “It’s just a pack of blood sitting right there. You just have to let your body work it out on its own. You can try to massage it out a little bit, but it doesn’t help. Only time can heal it.”
Thompson suffered two broken vertebrae in his back in 2011 at Florida State, but he knew almost right away that this latest injury was not nearly as serious.
“At first, it did go numb,” Thompson said. “So that scared me. But I was able to push [up] off the field, so I knew it wasn’t what I had to deal with back in college. Because I know how that felt and I wasn’t able to do anything. Then I was able to stand up, walk around [and returned to the game]. It just felt like Jell-O back there. I was able to tough it out and play through the game. But as soon as I got on that plane, it got real bad. [The swelling] was huge.”