Chris Thompson returns to practice

ASHBURN, Va. -- Running back Chris Thompson returned to Washington Redskins practice Wednesday, though he anticipated being limited. Still, after spraining his ankle in the first preseason game Aug. 7, Thompson knows he must return soon or fall further behind.

Thompson said he’s feeling “a whole lot better” and is hoping he’ll be able to play at Baltimore on Saturday. The Redskins like Thompson -- even though coach Jay Gruden did not draft him -- and hoped he could play a role in the passing game.

But questions about his durability have shadowed him since his Florida State days thanks to back and knee injuries followed last season by a torn labrum in his shoulder.

His absence has allowed backs such as Silas Redd and Lache Seastrunk more opportunities. It’s uncertain how many backs the Redskins will keep, whether it’s four or five (including fullback Darrel Young).

“It’s very frustrating,” Thompson said of his injury. “Throughout training camp I was doing so good. Everything seemed to be going in the right direction.”