Tashard Choice eager to debut for Redskins vs. Dolphins

Washington Redskins running back Tashard Choice went through his first full-speed practice since joining the team last week and said he can’t wait to take the field Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Choice, whom Dallas waived on Oct. 29th and signed with Washington two days later, was limited last week by a lingering strained hamstring, but he finally returned to full strength early this week and practiced without limitation on Wednesday.

“It’s going down,” Choice said on if he expected to play this week. “I’m eager to show people how to make a blessing out of bad breaks. It’s going to be fun. These eight games, it’s about to be fun. I can’t wait. … Absolutely. I’m rolling. I’m rolling this week.”

Although now fully healthy, Choice still isn’t a complete certainty to play on Sunday. He must demonstrate to coaches that he has a good enough understanding for the offense to be trusted in a game.

But so far, Coach Mike Shanahan liked what he saw out of the fourth-year Georgia Tech product.

“He came in full-speed and looked good,” Shanahan said. “I’m hoping he gets a good feel for our system this week and he’ll help us out on game day. … You just don’t know for sure, but, last week, he had a chance to go through almost every game situation and so he couldn’t play, but that’s kind of good. So he had a chance to go through all of the mental aspects of the game plan and, today, you could see him adjust fairly quickly and he looked pretty good. I would say there would be no difference in the next couple of days adjusting to our short yardage, goal line, red zone. He should be ready to go – pretty sharp kid.”

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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