Thompson was here in this place nine months ago, thinking about how to recover emotionally and physically from an injury he never saw. And now the older statesman of the Redskins who ran after the room was in turmoil with the sudden absence of his team-mate Derrius Guice.
"This is the first time I shed tears for a player," Thompson said Saturday afternoon, about 24 hours later. An MRI scan revealed that Guice had the anterior cruciate ligament in his left on Thursday night in the preseason in New England on Thursday night Knee had cracked. "Our group, we got so close in such a short time … And I think because I'm the older guy in the room now, it hurts even more because I feel that this is my little brother I have to do everything to help these guys grow, it was just a terrible feeling to see him go down. "
Washington placed Guice in injured reserve, along with Manasseh Garner, who also capitulated an ACL the Redskins defeated the Patriots 26-17.
To the crucial game that ultimately cost Guice his season – a 34-yard run in the first quarter, complete with a stiff arm and a twisting motion – the rookie presented the attributes that made his 59th place selection a bargain overall made for Washington's front office. Despite the long win recalled for a penalty, the fans got a taste of how special he could be.
The next morning, Guice pretended that the truth was not that there was one more chance to fit on Sundays and more opportunities to show off his abilities. He had wanted a second opinion, some sort of assurance, that the initial diagnosis was wrong. But when he entered his hotel room on Friday morning, he could no longer hide from reality.
"Everything alright?" Asked his roommate and fellow runner Martez Carter. Instinctively, Guice said yes, but soon he answered with the truth.
Carter, a Monroe, La. A native, had heard of the Baton Rouge-born race long before Guice electrified Tiger Stadium at LSU. And, like Thompson, Carter felt helpless.
"I tried to help him," Carter said. "He does not have a family here, so I'm like his brother."
"… I knew Derrius would have a great year, man," he continued, shaking his head. "He's an extraordinary athlete, he's just good at what he does, and hurting me just as much as hurting him, and it hurt the whole room behind him."
The stunned Faith caused a flood of emotions on the field on Saturday. "Just let him see again before the start of the season before he even had a chance on the field … it's just tough," said Thompson, who broke his right fibula against New Orleans last November. "I just hate to see one of my guys go down like that."
". , , Yesterday was the first time I saw him and I felt like he was faking luck, and that's not what I want to see from my boys. "
Redskins coach Jay Gruden confirmed the obvious before training: The loss of Guice is a significant blow, not only for the promising newcomer, but also for the seemingly improved Redskins offensive, but it will be difficult, Guices Replacing game skills and pass-blocking efficiency, Gruden said the team had no plans to back a veteran back. "We're doing quite well in the Running Back Spot," he said.
His Running Back Room is now made up of Thompson, Carter, Rob Kelley, Samaje Perine, Kapri Bibbs and Byron Marshall, but the players said the competition between them only makes them collectively better.
In fact, Kelley Guice wrote that he pushed him onto the practice field "Now it's time for me to go to another level just to show the team it has another guy who's part of that running back group they're looking forward to can adopt. "
But the remaining healthy running backs say they've also committed to helping Guice's recovery, and together they are more than just a position group," Carter said. "It's a brotherhood."
"We all look at each other , There is no one standing in front of the whole group, "he said," we will be with Derrius through the whole process, hoping for a speedy recovery.
Kareem Copeland contributed to this report.