Ryan Torain, LaRon Landry Among Redskins Players Inactive Against New England
LANDOVER, Md. – Running back Ryan Torain, who has not played in either of the Washington Redskins’ last two games, was listed as inactive for Sunday’s game against New England.
Torain had 192 yards and a touchdown on 52 carries this season, but 135 of those yards came in a victory at St. Louis on Oct. 2. He had one carry for two yards Nov. 6 against San Francisco, 10 carries for 20 yards Nov. 13 at Miami and five carries for four yards Nov. 20 at Dallas.
Rookie Roy Helu has emerged as the Redskins’ primary option at running back since Tim Hightower tore the ACL in his left knee against Carolina on Oct. 23 and enters Sunday’s game against the Patriots averaging 104 yards over the last two contests. Fellow rookie Evan Royster, promoted from the practice squad on Nov. 23, has served as Helu’s backup.
Washington also is without strong safety LaRon Landry, who will miss his second consecutive game since injuring his groin Nov. 27 at Seattle. Receiver Terrence Austin (hamstring) and nose tackle Chris Baker (quadriceps), eligible for his first game after being promoted from the practice squad on Tuesday, will also sit out.
Defensive end Kentwan Balmer, center Erik Cook and linebacker Markus White are healthy scratches for the Redskins.
The Patriots were without starting center Dan Connolly (groin) and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (foot), as well as safety Patrick Chung (foot) and linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee). Running back Shane Vereen (hamstring) was also inactive, as well as third quarterback Ryan Mallett and defensive lineman Gerard Warren.