Redskins set at RB with Torain, Hightower, Helu
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins are spoiled for choice at running back.
Tim Hightower started the first four games, but Ryan Torain's monster performance in relief against the St. Louis Rams makes him the favorite to become the new primary back.
In between there's rookie Roy Helu, who has been a sparkplug as a chance-of-pace back.
Hightower won the job out of training camp while Torain was recovering from a broken hand. Hightower is averaging only 3.5 yards per carry and seems better suited as a third-down back. He's also been playing with an injured shoulder.
Torain averaged 7.1 yards per carry against the Rams. Coach Mike Shanahan said after a performance like that, Torain is sure to get more opportunities.
The Redskins are 3-1 and host Philadelphia on Sunday.