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Chris Thompson to undergo shoulder surgery

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Rookie running back Chris Thompson will be put on injured reserve in the coming days and will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, coach Mike Shanahan said Friday.

“It’s been something that’s been ongoing,” Shanahan said. “It’s just got a little bit worse, and doctors recommended that he have surgery on it.”

Thompson, drafted in the fifth round out of Florida State, opened the season as the Washington Redskins’ kickoff and punt returner but struggled in that role. He returned eight kickoffs for an average of 20 yards and seven punts for a total of 36 yards through four games before being replaced in both phases by wide receiver Joshua Morgan.

This will be the third consecutive year in which Thompson has sustained a season-ending injury. He fractured two vertebrae as a junior and then tore the ACL in his left knee as a senior – an injury that carried through the summer, when he was held out of offseason workouts.

Thompson has been listed on the injury report leading up to the Redskins’ last two games and was considered questionable to play Thursday in the 34-27 road loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

The Redskins have running back Jawan Jamison, their seventh-round draft pick, and wide receiver Nick Williams, who worked as a return specialist in training camp, on their practice squad.

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