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Sidelined Ryan Torain remains upbeat

Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain said he isn’t worried that his broken hand will cost him a shot at the Washington Redskins’ starting running back position.

Torain suffered the injury in practice last week. He was told that he would miss seven to 10 days after having four screws inserted into the top of his left hand.

That was seven days ago, and Torain isn’t yet ready to return. Instead, when the Redskins open the preseason Friday night, he will watch as Tim Hightower, Roy Helu and Evan Royster do their best to impress coaches.

“It’s a lot of competition,” Torain said. “A lot of guys are working hard and are making strides towards that No. 1 spot. As soon as I get the opportunity to get on that field, I’ll do what I can.”

Although he doesn’t know for sure, Torain believes his return isn’t far off.

“I’m making a speedy recovery,” said Torain, who last season led the Redskins with 742 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 4.5 yards a carry. “It’s tough watching. I want to be out there. But I’ve got to take it day by day.”

The day after his surgery, Torain was back on the field as an observer, play-sheet in hand. With coach Mike Shanahan constantly stressing the importance of “mental reps,” Torain is doing his best to remain plugged in.

“You’ve got to stay in the game mentally, be in all the meetings, listen to all the coaching points when they’re on the field and really be a student of the game,” Torain said. “I’m never getting comfortable but I feel like the coaches know what I’m capable of [based on last year]. They’re still going to give me an opportunity to compete, and I’m excited for it.”

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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