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|Description||Chris Thompson goes out for a pass route with his right leg on his mind. Eight months since breaking his right fibula [url=http://www.pantherscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-trai-turner-jersey]Trai Turner Jersey[/url] , Thompson still thinks about it when running and making sudden moves. Now two days into his first taste of team drills at training camp, the Washington Redskins' 2017 offensive MVP is attempting to get over the mental hurdle of rehabbing from surgery and getting back to normal. "I'm still nervous about just making cuts," he said. "I'm nervous about, 'What happens if this guy falls and hits my ankle?' I know it's healed. I know the plate is there so I don't have to worry about it breaking. But it's a big mental game." Thompson became Washington's secret weapon on offense with 39 catches for 510 yards receiving and four touchdowns to go along with 64 carries for 294 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground. It's no coincidence the Redskins' playoff hopes effectively ended when Thompson went down in New Orleans in November. Doctors put a plate and five screws in Thompson's leg, and he considered the ensuing rehab more difficult than after previous surgeries to repair knee injuries. They told him he wouldn't be 100 percent until a full year had passed, so it's on Thompson to manage the pain, his own expectations and his progression along with the team's training staff. It's easier said than done. "I talk to the trainers the whole time, especially before practice just to ask them, 'What am I doing today?'" Thompson said. "Because I know me: If I'm feeling good, I'll continue to just go. They're just letting me know what I'm doing every step of the way. I'm just kind of leaving it in their hands and just ... kind of being smart about it because I know this is still a journey." The goal of the journey is being ready for the beginning of the regular season. Coach Jay Gruden on Wednesday said he was confident Thompson would be ready for the opener Sept. 9 at Arizona. "The way he runs, he looks faster right now [url=http://www.jaguarscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-austin-seferian-jenkins-jersey]Austin Seferian-Jenkins Jersey[/url] ," Gruden said. "His burst looks like it's 100 percent back. Only he knows how he feels as far as being 100 percent. ... But he looks great right now." Gruden left open the possibility of limiting Thompson's workload early in the season because the 27-year-old running back knows he's not yet close to being back to himself. The sustained speed isn't there, but teammates are glad to get a glimpse of Thompson working his way back. "Chris Thompson's a key asset to our offense," linebacker Preston Smith said. "He brings a lot of different tools to the offense. He can be used in multiple ways. And seeing him out there practicing is a great thing for Chris because I love him, his spirit. He's a great teammate, a great guy and I always want to see him on the field." There are several steps left in Thompson's progression, including no limitations in practice and then possibly some action in preseason games. The next milestone is getting hit by an opponent and seeing how he reacts. "I am not looking forward to it, but I know I've got to do it," Thompson said. "I know I'm going to be super nervous about it, but once I get that first hit, whether it's in preseason or the first game or whatever they plan on doing 鈥?once I get hit one time, I know I'm going to be good after that." NOTES: WR Josh Doctson left practice after landing hard on his left shoulder while trying to make a diving catch. A spokesman said Doctson was being evaluated for a shoulder injury and that the team would have an update Thursday. In a since-deleted tweet on his verified account [url=http://www.texanscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-derek-newton-jersey]Derek Newton Jersey[/url] , Doctson said he's "just fine silly rabbit." In another tweet, he said, "#imgood." ... WR Paul Richardson went down in individual drills but returned minutes later and made several catches. ... S DeAngelo Hall announced his retirement at a formal news conference after playing 14 NFL seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, Redskins and Oakland Raiders. Bengals owner Mike Brown says President Donald Trump’s numerous tweets attacking NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem have prolonged the issue, which he sees as one of the league’s biggest distractions. Brown noted at the team’s annual preseason luncheon Tuesday that the NFL and the players’ union are trying to develop an anthem policy that will hopefully please not only owners and players, but fans and the president, too. He said the president’s tweets have worked against finding a resolution to the issue. ”I think that worked against us,” Brown said. ”I think it stirred the pot, it got people looking at it unfavorably, and he has worked that issue for, I suppose [url=http://www.bengalscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-vincent-rey-jersey]Vincent Rey Jersey[/url] , political reasons. It is what it is. It’s beyond my pay grade.” Trump has attacked the NFL and players who protested social injustice by kneeling during the ”Star Spangled Banner.” The league adopted a policy in May that would fine clubs if their players protest on the field, but gave them the option to stay in the locker room during the anthem. The issue flared again last week when the Miami Dolphins developed a policy that would leave players subject to suspensions, prompting the NFL to try to find a solution with the players’ union. Trump tweeted again that players should be suspended for kneeling, and he challenged Commissioner Roger Goodell to make a stand. Brown said he’s seen Trump only once in person. They were in the same courtroom in the 1980s when Trump – then owner of the USFL’s New Jersey Generals – sued the NFL. ”Unlike some of the (NFL) owners you read about in the newspaper, I have never met Donald Trump,” Brown said. Brown said he considered implementing an anthem policy for the Bengals before the league and the union decided to try for a joint resolution last week. ”Yes, I have thoughts on it,” Brown said. ”Yes, we had ways of handling it. I’m not so sure that wasn’t pretty good, at least compared to others. But that’s as much as I’m going to say about this, and let’s get on to something else.” Brown’s team also is involved in a grievance filed on behalf of free agent safety Eric Reid [url=http://www.bearscheapshop.com/cheap-authentic-allen-robinson-jersey]Allen Robinson Jersey[/url] , who met with the Bengals but wasn’t offered a contract. Brown reportedly asked Reid during their visit whether he would continue to kneel during the anthem. The grievance claims that Reid wasn’t signed by any team because of his anthem protests. Brown said he was scheduled to meet with the team’s lawyers on Wednesday to discuss the case. He was surprised it quickly became an issue. ”It was a quick-forming thunderhead,” Brown said. ”I didn’t expect it.” Brown is disappointed that the debate over anthem protests has lingered into another season. ”It should never have developed into the issue it has,” he said. ”Yes, it bothers me that we sit here today talking about the anthem issue.” The Bengals open camp this week coming off a second straight losing season. They haven’t won a playoff game since the 1990 season, the sixth-longest streak of postseason futility in NFL history. Brown chose to bring back coach Marvin Lewis for a 16th season even though he has an NFL-record 0-7 in the playoffs. Brown said he’s concerned not only about his team’s challenges but also the challenges that the NFL faces with the focus on concussions and pregame protests. ”We have distractions,” Brown said. ”We have to get beyond them. We have to get beyond the anthem issue. We have to get beyond the concussion issue. There are other things. We’re about football. That’s what fans want. And this other stuff turns off everybody. We have to get away from it somehow, and it’s a challenge for us to do that.” — [url=http://www.officialhockeyusashop.com/anaheim-ducks/ryan-getzlaf-jersey]Adidas Ryan Getzlaf Jersey[/url] ,|
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