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After 'Miraculous Recovery,' Chris Thompson Tests Shoulder


From having his arm in a sling to having a full range of motion, Chris Thompson's shoulder (torn labrum) is feeling better. Jay Gruden says he's a "wild card" for Sunday, though.

Chris Thompson described it as a miraculous recovery.

Last Monday, the Washington Redskins running back found out that he had torn the labrum in his left shoulder Dec. 7 during the team's *Monday Night Football *matchup with the Dallas Cowboys.

Come Tuesday morning, Thompson "couldn't even lift my arm hardly."

Then on Wednesday, he was able to gain back a majority of his range of motion.

"I was able to lift my arm up above my head in a day's time," Thompson said. "So just one of those things where I've just got to continue to progress and get it better and just make the right decisions for myself."

Last week's decision was to rest the third-year Florida State product, as he did not make the trip to Soldier Field with his teammates as they defeated the Chicago Bears by a final of 24-21.

The Redskins signed veteran running back Pierre Thomas to fill his role, which is to be a pass catching option out of the backfield while also providing blocking on certain third-down situations.

But as Washington returned to practice on Wednesday, so too did Thompson.

He participated in individual drills Wednesday and Thursday, seeing what his shoulder could take.

"I feel good, man, a lot better than I expected," Thompson said. "Haven't had any problems these last two days of practice. Just got to keep progressing."

Thompson said, surprisingly, he didn't feel any pain in his shoulder when he goes through drills with his fellow backs where they hit him with pads to test his ball security.

"I thought those guys hitting me I'd feel a little something," Thompson said. "I was a little hesitant doing the stiff arm here and there, but once I did it a few times, I felt fine. So, you know, that doubt went away."

Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said Thompson's status for Sunday's final regular season game at FedExField is a "wild card" right now.

"Without doing any contact drills it's hard to say with Chris," Gruden said.

Whenever he does get back to the field for game action, Thompson is going to wear a harness to protect his shoulder.

"I have on a harness, so it's keeping me from doing certain motions that would hurt," Thompson said. "It's not really restricting me from catching difficult passes, but, you know, if I was to jerk or something crazy happened like a real quick movement, it kind of holds me from doing that. It's pretty much keeping me stable."




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