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Lingering Achilles Injury Likely To Keep Roy Helu From Playing Saturday

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – The tendinitis that has kept running back Roy Helu out of practice all three days this week appears likely to keep him out of the Washington Redskins’ preseason game at Chicago at Saturday as well.


Inflammation in the ligament steadily worsened over the past week, and head coach Mike Shanahan said it would make more sense to keep him out against the Bears and begin to prepare for the third preseason game, against Indianapolis, on Aug. 25 instead.

Evan Royster, who started the last game, will get additional carries, but with Tim Hightower still out as he recovers from a torn ACL in his left knee, rookie Alfred Morris could get the start.

“Any time you’ve got a sore Achilles, you know, a couple days before the game, without getting a lot of reps, it makes more sense to get him ready for Indy and the last preseason game depending on how sore it is,” Shanahan said. “The same thing, we talked about, [with] Hightower. You take a look – we kind of know what Royster can do, so a guy like Morris will probably get more reps in the second game than a guy like Royster would because we want to evaluate some of these guys and see what they can do in live situations.”

Morris led the Redskins with 54 yards on 15 carries in the 7-6 victory at Buffalo on Thursday, while Royster, who played 14 snaps with the first team, had seven carries for 21 yards.

Three other healthy running backs are on the training camp roster: Tristan Davis, who carried the ball once against the Bills for a three-yard loss, and two undrafted free agents, Antwon Bailey and Lennon Creer, who did not play.

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