Since last Monday Redskins rookie Chris Thompson has been a spectator in practice watching from the sideline as the position battle at running back unfolds on the field before him.

It’s been frustrating at times. But it’s also part of the plan.

“Everybody is not Adrian Peterson” he said with a smile.

Thompson of course was referring to the Vikings running back who returned from ACL surgery in eight months and rushed for more than 2000 yards last season. It’s been about nine months since Thompson tore the ACL in his left knee as a senior at Florida State.

There has been no setback but there has been some soreness according to Coach Mike Shanahan. So when Shanahan noticed that Thompson “looked a little sluggish” earlier in the week he pulled him from practice as a precaution.

“I didn’t feel sloppy or anything but he was right I felt a little fatigued” Thompson said. “I’m not used to football right now after being out for so long. Having these days off helped me a whole lot.”

Thompson said he and Shanahan discussed the possibility of taking days off in training camp soon after he was drafted.