Thompson's rehab from a fractured right fibula is going well, Rich Tandler of NBCSports Washington reports.
There haven't been any specifics reported since mid-January when Thompson was out of a cast but still on crutches. He has an estimated timeline of four-to-six months from the initial injury date of Nov. 19, with Thompson saying he hopes to be available for OTAs in May. At worst, he should be back for training camp, where he'll serve as one of Alex Smith's preferred options in the short passing game. Thompson is entering the first season of a two-year, $7 million extension he signed in November, looking to build on a breakout 2017 in which he had 804 scrimmage yards (510 receiving) and six touchdowns in only 10 games. In addition to his usual passing-down duties, he could handle a sizable portion of the early down work if Washington doesn't do much to address it shaky backfield in the coming weeks. As things currently stand, power backs Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley (ankle/knee) are the only real competition for snaps.
At this stage, Thompson (lower leg) remains on pace to be ready for training camp. "As players, we're known to try and rush and get back on that field as quick as we possibly can," Thompson noted. "We have some time before training camp and OTA's coming around, so I'm just going to be smart and trust the trainers and go from there."
Thompson is still using crutches after fracturing his fibula Nov. 19, but with his expected recovery time in the 4-to-6 month range, it's understandable that he plans to be ready when training camp rolls around. In 10 games prior to his injury, the 27-year-old recorded 64 carries for 294 yards and two touchdowns and caught 39 of his 54 targets for 510 yards and four TDs. Thompson is signed through the 2019 season and figures to remain a key cog in the Washington backfield next season, with his pass-catching ability giving him strong PPR utility, while the 5-foot-8, 191-pounder presumably works in tandem with power backs Samaje Perine and Rob Kelley (ankle), among others.
Thompson (lower leg) said Tuesday he'll require 4-to-6 months to recover from early December surgery to repair his fractured right fibula, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Thompson is only in the early stages of his rehabbing, but he didn't rule out the possibility of being ready for the start of Organized Team Activities in the spring if he hits the short end of his recovery timetable. At the very least, Thompson said he would be fully healed by the start of training camp in the summer, putting him on track to enter 2018 at optimal strength after what had been a breakout 2017 campaign before he went down with the season-ending leg injury. Assuming Thompson heals as expected, look for him to fill a prominent role in the Redskins' passing attack next season while also earning a handful of carries per game.
Thompson (lower leg) is progressing well in his recovery from a broken fibula and could be ready to participate in the Redskins' Organized Team Activities in May, Rich Tandler of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Thompson, who was leading the Redskins in both rushing and receiving yardage before suffering the season-ending injury in Week 11, recently had the cast removed from his surgically repaired right leg, but is still getting around in a walking boot. Though he's still in the initial stages of his recovery, it sounds like he'll be close to fully healed four months from now, setting the stage for him to enter training camp at full health. It's uncertain if quarterback Kirk Cousins and the Redskins' coaching staff will be retained in 2018, but regardless of the personnel surrounding him, Thompson looks poised to see ample passing-down work if his health holds up.
Thompson, who leads the Redskins in both rushing (294) and receiving (510) yards this season, will be shut down for the team's final six games after fracturing his right fibula in Sunday's loss to the Saints. The Redskins signed LeShun Daniels from their practice squad to fill his spot in the backfield, but it's expected that Byron Marshall will settle in as the team's top pass-catching back while Samaje Perine leads the ground attack the rest of the way.
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