DE Jason Hatcher (shoulder/ankle)âThe veterans suffered an ankle injury against the Cowboys, came back in and immediately was sidelined with a stinger. The MRI looked good but we will see if he can go.
"He looked good," offensive coordinator Sean McVay said of Thomas' first practice with the team on Friday. "He did a good job picking up a couple of little things we did with him. And we're looking forward to seeing if he's going to be ready to go on Sunday."
1-Road woes. The Redskins are a league-worst 0-5 on the road this season and haven't won a game on away from FedEx Field since upsetting the Cowboys on Oct. 27, 2014, a span of nine contests. That's the longest active road losing streak in the NFL, and it's nudged them one defeat away from setting a franchise record for consecutive losses away from home. Three of the Redskins' final four games will be played away from FedEx Field. To put it bluntly, there's absolutely no chance they'll qualify for the postseason unless they end the drought.
Chicago has issues defensively, but a lot of them stem from talent and changing to a new scheme. The Bears had played a 4-3 before defensive coordinator Vic Fangio arrived and installed a 3-4. So there are some mismatched parts. The Bears have allowed just 42 plays of 20 or more yards this year; only three teams have allowed fewer. In the pass game, they've allowed 38 such plays (eight have given up fewer). But in the run game, while they don't surrender long runs, they do allow a lot of solid gains with 39 plays of 10 or more yards (only six have allowed more).
The Redskins had interest in Thomas this past offseason, but they drafted Matt Jones and they liked Thompson, so they opted not to sign him. Thomas spent eight seasons with New Orleans, catching 327 passes - including 77 in 2013. He's considered a good pass-protector as well.