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Redskins claim Choice on waivers

FORMER COWBOY TO BE A BOOST FOR STRUGGLING RUSHING ATTACK

BY ZAC BOYER

ASHBURN—Running back Tashard Choice, released by Dallas on Saturday, was claimed off waivers by the Washington Redskins yesterday afternoon.

Choice, 27, played in all six of the Cowboys’ games this season, including the Oct. 2 meeting with the Redskins in which he had seven carries for 5 yards and one catch for 3 yards.

He fell to third in Dallas’ rotation at running back, behind Felix Jones and rookie DeMarco Murray, and was released to make room for Bruce Carter, a rookie linebacker chosen in the second round in April.

Choice has run for 1,139 yards and eight touchdowns over parts of four seasons. He was a fourth-round draft pick out of Georgia Tech in 2008.

He’s best known to Redskins fans for his fumble

that DeAngelo Hall returned for a momentum-changing touchdown late in the first half of Washington’s season-opening 13–7 win last year at FedEx field.

The Redskins have a need at running back after Tim Hightower tore the ACL in his left knee against Carolina on Oct. 16. They also have Ryan Torain and Roy Helu on the 53-man roster and Evan Royster and Tristan Davis on their practice squad.

Choice was battling a hamstring injury at the time of his release. To make room, the Redskins released cornerback Brandyn Thompson, a seventh-round draft pick who was in his second stint on the 53-man roster after being signed off the practice squad last week.

Zac Boyer: 540/374-5440

zboyer@freelancestar.com

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