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Redskins Release Ryan Torain, Promote Aldrick Robinson From Practice Squad

By ZAC BOYER | | @ZacBoyer

When Ryan Torain ran for 135 yards and a touchdown against St. Louis on Oct. 2, entering the game in the second quarter as Tim Hightower’s backup, he looked like the same running back who led the Washington Redskins in rushing the previous season.



The Redskins’ coaches hoped Torain could continue to be that productive, giving him additional opportunities over the next six games. When Hightower tore the ACL in his left knee at Carolina on Oct. 23, Torain became the starter, but managed only 57 yards on 36 carries.

Roy Helu gradually outplayed him, and so did Evan Royster. Torain’s eight yards on four carries against Minnesota on Saturday were his first in over a month, and on Tuesday, the Redskins released the running back.

“What you look for is consistency at every position and the people that are consistent get more opportunities,” head coach Mike Shanahan said Monday when asked about Torain. “If you’re not consistent, you don’t get as many opportunities to show us what we could do. But as you mentioned, Ryan had a big game that game and one of the reasons why he’s had a chance to get some reps. But I think Helu has taken advantage of his opportunities more than Ryan has.”

Torain finished the season, his second in Washington, with 200 yards and a touchdown on 59 carries over eight games. He was healthy for the seven games he missed, though he broke a bone in his left hand early in training camp and missed all but the final game of the preseason.

Receiver Aldrick Robinson, a sixth-round selection in April’s NFL Draft, has been signed to the active roster from the practice squad, taking Torain’s place. ESPN 980 first reported Torain had been released Tuesday afternoon.

“When you work on your patience, good things will work out for you,” Robinson wrote on his Twitter page Tuesday, just after noon.

Robinson, a 5-foot-10, 178-pound rookie from Southern Methodist, was on the practice squad the entire season. He was not thrown to during the preseason, but did attempt two punt returns, both of which he muffed but recovered.

With the promotion of Robinson, the Redskins have 11 of their 12 draft picks from April and an undrafted rookie, left tackle Willie Smith, on the active roster. The lone exception, second-round defensive end Jarvis Jenkins, tore the ACL in his right knee in the preseason and is on injured reserve.