Friday report: Redskins add veteran RB Pierre Thomas

The Redskins added an experienced and pass catching option to the backfield ahead of Sunday's meeting in Chicago.

The Washington Redskins announced the signing of veteran running back Pierre Thomas Friday. This move is interesting on several levels:

* Thomas spent his first eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints. He owns a career average of 4.6 yards per carry. The dual threat caught 77 passes as recently as 2013. 

* He also has only played one game this season and that was with the San Francisco 49ers. Despite just joining the team, Thomas, who turns 31 next Friday, could take the field Sunday in Chicago.

Matt Jones is the obvious candidate for more work on obvious passing downs with Chris Thompson (shoulder) ruled out.

* Adding a noted pass catcher would seem to bring up the idea about Thompson's status for the remainder of the season. Coach Jay Gruden said Thompson's shoulder injury is progressing so no plans on putting him on IR for now.

* This also brings into question what the team thinks of Christine Michael. Washington added the 2013 second round pick -- drafted by Seattle when current GM cot McCloughan was with the Seahawks -- to the practice squad last month.

The Redskin also re-signed RB Mack Brown to the practice squad Thursday.

* Along with Thompson, Perry Riley (foot) and safety Jeron Johnson were also ruled out for Sunday. Defensive end Jason Hatcher (neck), tight end Derek Carrier, Andre Roberts and Keenan Robinson. are questionable.

* As for the Bears...

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