RB Roy Helu will not play Saturday

The Washington Redskins will be without starting running back Roy Helu, who was limited in practice this week by knee and toe injuries. Helu had hoped to play and said on Thursday that he felt “a lot better,” but coaches obviously consider him unable to play effectively
Saturday against the Minnesota Vikings. Fellow rookie Evan Royster is expected to start in place of Helu.

Helu had started the last four games, recording 100-yard rushing games in three consecutive outings. But last week, while hampered by injury, he mustered only 53 yards on 23 carries.

Royster has served as Helu’s backup in each of the last four games and has averaged 4.9 yards a carry. Veteran Ryan Torain, who has been inactive for the last four games, will be active as the only other healthy running back on the roster.

Other inactives for the Redskins include linebacker Markus White, guard/center Erik Cook, tight end Rob Myers, receiver David Anderson, and defensive ends Doug Worthington and Kentwan Balmer.

The Redskins will have starting right tackle Jammal Brown back on the field. Brown missed the last two games with a groin injury. Both Helu and Brown had been listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.

For the Vikings, cornerback Asher Allen, cornerback Chris Cook, linebacker Xavier Adibi, tackle DeMarcus Love, guard Steve Hutchinson, tight end Allen Reisner and defensive end D’Aundre Reed are inactive.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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