Alfred Morris Surpasses 100 Yards, Scores First Touchdown In Win
LANDOVER, Md. – At one point in the Washington Redskins’ 30-17 victory over Indianapolis on Saturday, Robert Griffin III told Alfred Morris that having the running back on his team makes his job easy.
“His comeback to that was, ‘Well, you make my job easy as well,’” Griffin said.
Morris continued his strong preseason by running for 107 yards on 14 carries while working with the starters against the Colts’ top defense. He scored his first professional touchdown on a two-yard carry in the second quarter, and he took his second-to-last carry 24 yards in the third.
“I’m always ready,” Morris said. “When they call, I’m gonna answer, you know? … I don’t know the game plan, but whatever they have in store, I’m gonna make the most of it.”
Tim Hightower then had 28 yards on five carries, including an 18-yard gain on his first attempt late in the second quarter. The game was his first since tearing the ACL in his left knee against Carolina last October.
“It’s really been a long road, and I knew how special it would be when coach told me the other day he was going to let me play,” Hightower said. “But you really don’t know that until you get back out there and you do it. You hear the crowd noise and you’re in the huddle with the guys and on the sidelines and it was special.”
Shanahan didn’t want to make any commitment to Morris, who was chosen out of Florida Atlantic in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in April. Last year’s leading rusher, Roy Helu, did not play because of Achilles tendinitis, and Evan Royster missed the game as well with soreness in his right knee.
Tristan Davis carried the ball six times for nine yards, all in the second half. Two other running backs on the roster, Antwon Bailey and Lennon Creer, did not play.
“[Morris] had a heck of a game today, played well, and so we’ll wait and see,” Shanahan said. “We’ll see who’s healthy. We have a few guys banged up. He may be the lonely soldier at the end. We might only have one with the way that things have been going, but he did play well.”