In their third preseason victory against the Buffalo Bills, the Washington Redskins‘ punt return man Richard Crawford was lost for the season. Season-ending injuries are frequent in the NFL, and you best believe Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is ready to find an adequate replacement.
After the third preseason game, Crawford was seen walking through the locker room in crutches. Shanahan later reported that the lateral collateral ligament and the anterior cruciate ligament in Crawford’s right knee were torn, leaving his knee severely damaged and him being out for the season.
Shanahan stated that 14 other players were taking repetitions as the return man during practices and that he was sure they would find a suitable replacement. Chris Thompson, a rookie running back drafted by the Redskins as the 154th pick in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL draft, is most likely to take over punt return duties.
Thompson was an all-star during his college career with Florida State University. He was a major contributor to their 2012 offense, which has gone down in their history as their best ever, amassing 6,591 yards. Thompson became third in FSU history with a career 6.26 yard average after amassing 1,735 yards on 277 carries.
After Crawford’s injury, Thompson returned three punts for 48 yards, including one 31-yard return.
At the beginning of the preseason, Thompson was known for ball security issues, and will have to overcome them to become the punt return man.