BALTIMORE—As the battle in the Redskins’ backfield intensifies, two players competing for a backup role missed an important opportunity in Saturday night’s preseason loss to the Ravens.
Chris Thompson sat out a second consecutive game with a sprained ankle. He got in some conditioning work before the contest but arrived in Baltimore knowing he would not suit up. He said his ankle, which he sprained against the Patriots, was not ready for game action.
Lache Seastrunk, meantime, rejoined the team earlier in the day after attending his grandmother’s funeral. He met with coaches upon arriving at M&T Bank Stadium and warmed up but did not register a carry. On the field prior to the game, he said that he was very close to grandmother, Mary Seastrunk, and appeared very emotional.
"Just feel like a part of me died," Seastrunk wrote on his Twitter page. "Never cried till I seen her for the last time I'm going to play every Game for her that's what she would want."
Both players share similar speedy, shifty skill sets and would seem to be natural fits for Gruden’s offense. But both also have much to prove. Thompson must show he can get and, more important, stay healthy. Seastrunk, who leads the Redskins in rushing with 98 yards on 19 carries, must show he can handle pass protection assignments and the other nuances of playing the position in the pros.
And that makes Thursday’s game against the Buccaneers all the more important, particularly with Silas Redd and Evan Royster also in the conversation. With the starters not expected to play, Thompson and Seastrunk should receive ample playing time at Raymond James Stadium.