The Washington Redskins announced that they have promoted rookie running back Evan Royster to the 53-man roster and have released Tashard Choice three weeks after they claimed him off waivers. The team also has re-signed running back Tristan Davis to the practice squad.
Washington drafted Royster, a former Westfield High School standout, in the sixth round out of Penn State. The 6-foot-1, 213-pound back concluded his college career as Penn State’s career leading rusher with 3,932 yards and 29 touchdowns on 686 carries.
During the preseason, Royster carried the ball 26 times for 110 yards and a touchdown and fumbled once.
Choice appeared in only one game with the Redskins, that being this past Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss to Dallas. He recorded seven yards on six carries. He spent the first two weeks with the team rehabbing from a hamstring injury.
Royster will compete with fellow rookie Roy Helu (51 carries for 248 yards) and Ryan Torain (55 carries for 192 yards and a touchdown) for playing time. Davis spent a short stint on Washington’s practice squad earlier this season.