- The Washington Times - Friday, December 18, 2015

ASHBURN — Washington Redskins running back Chris Thompson is listed as questionable against the Buffalo Bills but said he is optimistic about his availability for Sunday’s game.

Thompson tore the labrum in his left shoulder against the Dallas Cowboys two weeks ago and did not play last Sunday against the Chicago Bears. He was a limited participant in practice all week.

Over the last four weeks, running back Matt Jones has handled most of the pass protection duties, which would make it easier for Thompson to play. Of course, that decision is ultimately up to the coaching staff but Thompson said he feels ready to return. 

“I feel good man,” Thompson said. “Just really getting some of the strength back and making sure I can run around and feel stable. I can block and it feels stable. I haven’t done any pass protection in weeks. I mean, I think I could. Matt has been taking most of the protection stuff I’m not worried about that unless it’s a two-minute situation or something or no-huddle. Then, you know maybe I’ll be in. If I have to I believe I can do it.”

Inside linebacker Perry Riley, who had surgery on his right foot two weeks ago, has been ruled out, along with wide receiver Andre Roberts. Roberts may need surgery to repair the meniscus in one of his knees, which he will decide on this weekend, according to coach Jay Gruden.

Defensive end Jason Hatcher is also questionable because of a pinched nerve in his neck that is limiting the effectiveness of his left arm. He was limited in practice on Friday, but Gruden has been optimistic about Hatcher playing. It’s likely Hatcher will play a similar reduced role as he did last week where he only played on third down.

Inside linebacker Keenan Robinson is questionable with an unspecified right shoulder injury. Robinson has been active the last two weeks, but is yet to play a defensive snap.

“He’s getting closer to 100 percent, which is good,” Gruden said. “He’s done everything right in the training room. He’s starting to get back out in practice and all that stuff. Right now we’re going to stick with Mason [Foster] and Will [Compton] as the starting linebackers and then slowly work him back into some packages. We’ll see where he is next week.”

Strong safety Jeron Johnson is listed as questionable with a hamstring injury. Wide receiver DeSean Jackson is listed as probable with a bruised left knee.

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