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ESPN's Britt McHenry reports that Washington RB Matt Jones is not expected to play against the Jets today. He suffered a toe injury late in the Week 5 OT loss at Atlanta. His absence should mean a bigger workload for Alfred Morris, though the matchup still makes him a lackluster fantasy play. RB Chris Thompson could also play more snaps with Jones out and be a PPR factor.

UPDATE: Mike Jones of the Washington Post has confirmed that Jones has been ruled out.

Redskins insider Mike Jones believes RB Chris Thompson will get the "first crack" at replacing Roy Helu as the team's 3rd-down back.  "[HC Jay] Gruden likes some of the things he did late last year," Jones adds.  Thompson only played in Week 15 and 16 last year, totaling 6 catches for 27 yards and a score.  He caught 21 balls in his final season at Florida State.  Thompson is at least worth sticking on your PPR radar.  Helu tallied a 42-477-2 receiving line for Washington last year.

Redskins insider Mike Jones believes the team's change of coaching staffs means RB Roy Helu's future is "shaky."  Helu was drafted in the 4th round of the 2011 draft by HC Mike Shanahan and crew.  New HC Jay Gruden hasn't said much about Helu or his role this offseason.  Jones believes Helu's experience gives him the early edge over Chris Thompson and Lache Seastrunk for the change-of-pace role but adds that Helu needs to make more plays and stay healthy.  We'll be keeping an eye on this situation when training camp opens in a few weeks.  Whoever wins Washington's #2 RB job could be worth stashing in PPR leagues.

Redskins RB Roy Helu finally made his practice debut this week.  He'd been sidelined all offseason after undergoing toe surgery in early February.  “It definitely has been a long time [since] feeling this healthy,” Helu said.  Durability remains a major issue here.  Helu has dealt with knee, ankle, Achilles and toe problems over his first 2 NFL seasons.  If healthy, though, he has the skill set to win a change-of-pace role behind Alfred Morris.  Helu will battle for those honors this summer with RBs Evan Royster, Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison.

Redskins rookie RB Chris Thompson expects to be ready for the start of training camp.  He's currently rehabbing the torn ACL he suffered in October.  Thompson has been able to work off to the side of practice with teammate Robert Griffin.  “It’s good, it’s fun, just trying to build that chemistry with each other, let him understand me a little bit and let him see how good my hands really are for him,” Thompson said.  “Great guy from what I have been able to see, practicing with him and being able to do those things,” RG3 said of Thompson. “Really explosive, fast guy, big-play guy."  Thompson goes just 5'7 and 192 pounds but is a legit home run hitter.  He was averaging 7.5 yards per carry and 11.8 yards per catch before going down last year.  Once he gets healthy, Thompson will compete with Roy Helu for pass-catching duties behind Alfred Morris.

Here we go again.  According to insider Mike Jones, the Redskins think they "got a steal" when they nabbed RB Chris Thompson in the 5th round of the draft.  HC Mike Shanahan believes the Florida State product would have been a 1st or 2nd-round pick if he hadn't torn his ACL this past October.  Thompson is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.  We'll see if he pushes for playing time.  The 5'7, 192-pounder is considered a solid receiver and blocker.  Even if he doesn't turn into another out-of-nowhere Shanahan RB, he could emerge as a pass-catching option.

The Redskins selected RBs Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison in the 5th and 7th rounds, respectively.  Thompson hails from Florida State.  He returned from a back injury in 2011 to tally 687 yards and 5 scores as part of a committee attack this past year.  He goes just 5'7, 192 pounds with 4.5 speed.  Jamison totaled 1,972 rushing yards at Rutgers over the past 2 seasons, but he averaged just 4.1 yards per carry.  He's 5'7, 203 pounds and ran a 4.68 40-yard dash at the Combine.  Neither guy seems likely to make a significant NFL impact.  But any RB drafted by 'Skins HC Mike Shanahan is worth monitoring.  Alfred Morris didn't look like anything special around this time last year.

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