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Rookie Alfred Morris Starting At Running Back For Redskins

By ZAC BOYER | @ZacBoyer

NEW ORLEANS – Alfred Morris will be the starting running back for the Washington Redskins on Sunday in their season opener at New Orleans.


Morris, the rookie chosen out of Florida Atlantic in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in April, had an impressive preseason, finishing with 195 yards and a touchdown on 39 attempts – an average of five yards a carry.

He had 107 yards against Indianapolis on Aug. 25 and scored a touchdown on a two-yard run in the first quarter. He also caught the only pass he was thrown during the preseason and gained six yards.

The Redskins also have Roy Helu and Evan Royster, each of whom rushed for over 100 yards in a game last season, available to play.

Who starts the game for the Redskins at the position is not a sign of who will get the most work. Tim Hightower started against St. Louis last year and Helu served as a change-of-pace back, but Ryan Torain, who had two carries in the second quarter, finished with a game-high 135 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries.