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Darrel Young Could Miss Preseason Debut, Two Weeks With Hamstring Injury
ASHBURN – After straining his hamstring early in the Washington Redskins’ Monday practice, fullback Darrel Young will be held out of action up to two weeks – likely keeping him from playing in the preseason opener Aug. 9 at Buffalo.
Young sustained the injury while trying to block linebacker Lorenzo Alexander during one-on-one drills. He sat out the remainder of the practice and the Redskins’ walkthrough Tuesday morning before the team decided to shut him down.
“I don’t know exactly what’s going on,” Young said. “I’ve got to go get it looked at. I’ve got some scar tissue there. It just can’t keep happening. I want to be out here. I know the first way to get yourself out of a place is to not get yourself on the field, and I want to play, so hopefully they give me some time to work with it and go from there.”
Young injured the hamstring early last season, missing the Week 3 game at Dallas and the Week 4 game at St. Louis. Tight end Chris Cooley filled in for Young against the Cowboys, and head coach Mike Shanahan said a similar ploy may be used against the Bills.
“It’s a possibility,” Shanahan said. “We’ve got different groups. We could put two halfbacks back there. Our tight ends could come back and play the fullback position … we’ll find out which is the best group.”
The Redskins’ only other fullback is Dorson Boyce, a second-year player who was signed just prior to the start of training camp. Rookie Alfred Morris, a sixth-round draft pick, said he’s open to sliding to fullback but hasn’t been asked by the coaches to take on that role.
“Shanahan finds guys who are hungry,” Young said. “That kid Boyce? He’s a good player. He’s obviously in the league for a reason.”