Rookie running back Roy Helu’s franchise-best streak of three straight games with at least 100 rushing yards came to an end Sunday against the New York Giants. Coach Mike Shanahan believes a couple of undisclosed injuries to Helu were to blame.
“I didn’t realize until looking at the film that he played hurt and didn’t play as good as he normally plays, looking at that film,” Shanahan said.
Helu, who leads all active rookie running backs with 147 carries for 635 yards – 4.3 yards per carry--mustered only 53 yards on 23 carries Sunday and had a long run of only eight yards.
Helu received treatment on the trainers table several times Sunday, and at one point jogged to the locker room to be re-taped. Shanahan said that after the game, he learned that Helu played despite knee and toe injuries.
“He usually plays at a higher level than he played,” Shanahan said of the fourth-round Nebraska product. “I should’ve seen that a little earlier. But he’s a tough guy and he doesn’t want to admit when he’s hurt and hopefully gets better as the week goes on.”
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