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Alfred Morris will start at running back against the Bears

Washington Redskins' Alfred Morris (46) against the Buffalo Bills Aug. 9. (Gary Wiepert/AP)

Morris was the Redskins’ leading rusher in their preseason opener, running for 54 yards on 15 carries against the Buffalo Bills.

Coach Mike Shanahan had said during the week that Morris would play extensively against the Chicago, but declined to identify who would start at running back.

Evan Royster and Tristan Davis also should see plenty of playing time at tailback Saturday. Roy Helu is sidelined by Achilles tendinitis and Tim Hightower still is working his way back from last season’s knee injury.

Royster, Helu and Hightower are thought to be the leading candidates for the Redskins’ starting tailback job entering the regular season. But Morris could nudge his way into that competition with a strong preseason.

Veteran tight end Chris Cooley is scheduled to make a second straight start at fullback Saturday, the Redskins announced. Darrel Young, the team’s first-string fullback, is sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Leonard Hankerson is scheduled to start at wide receiver, just as he did against the Bills. Adam Gettis will start at right guard, with Chris Chester sidelined by a sprained ankle. Left tackle Trent Williams will start despite suffering a bruised foot in the preseason opener.

Lorenzo Alexander is scheduled to start at linebacker in place of London Fletcher, the Redskins said. Fletcher sat out Thursday’s practice and Shanahan said that day: “He just wasn’t feeling too good today. We kept him out.”

Neil Rackers will get the first kicking opportunity Saturday ahead of Graham Gano, according to the team.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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