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Evan Roster On Schedule To Play Wednesday In Preseason Finale

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – After missing the Washington Redskins’ preseason game against Indianapolis on Saturday because of soreness in his right knee, running back Evan Royster is scheduled to play a limited role Wednesday against Tampa Bay.


Head coach Mike Shanahan has previously said that the starters will not play in the game, but Royster should play a few snaps against the Buccaneers.

“Yeah, right now they have me playing,” Royster said Monday. “I’m not sure how much. We’ll have to see.”

The 6-foot-1, 216-pound running back had seven carries for 21 yards in the preseason opener at Buffalo and then had 20 yards on two carries while serving as a third-down back at Chicago.

How the swelling in the knee started remains a mystery, he said. He woke up Wednesday morning and couldn’t get out of bed.

“It was weird because I just woke up with it,” Royster said. “It turned out not to be anything with the meniscus or anything like that, so that’s a positive. It’s just a matter of getting the swelling down.”

Running back Tim Hightower is also a candidate to play limited snaps against the Buccaneers, given he made his preseason debut against Indianapolis after tearing his ACL in October.

He had five carries for 28 yards, playing first as a third-down back before taking over an every-down role late in the second quarter and early in the third.

“He was a little sore today,” Shanahan said. “He took some reps in practice. I’m a little concerned for this game. I won’t push him too hard, but I should know a little bit more for tomorrow.”

Roy Helu has experienced tendinitis in both of his Achilles over the past two weeks, has been limited at practice and didn’t practice in either of the last two games. Rookie running back Alfred Morris has worked with the starters against Chicago and Indianapolis, but he didn’t know Monday if he’d play.

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