Washington Redskins fullback Darrel Young said his recovering left hamstring felt good a day after he returned to the practice field for the first time since July 30. He said he intends to take on a heavier load in the next two days and play on Saturday.

Since straining his hamstring, Young has watched as tight end Chris Cooley and free agent Dorson Boyce filled in for him in the last two games. Young -- now entering his third NFL season and second as a starting fullback out of Villanova – has been careful not to rush back to action. But it has been difficult, he said.

“It’s brutal,” said Young, who spent the last couple weeks giving Boyce tips from the sidelines. “I’m finally in a position to be where I want to be in terms of being in the NFL and playing and stuff like that. Now, to just stand there, I’m not a coach. I don’t want to be a coach. I want to play. That’s what I aim to do. You can’t make the team in the cold tub, and I know that. I just want to help this team.”

Young said that if he can achieve his goal of making it through two rigorous practices, he expects to be prepared to play against the Colts.

“Just from a mental standpoint and a conditioning standpoint,” the 5-foot-11, 251-pounder said. “I’ve been running, but nothing’s like football shape. … I had this setback before, so I know where I am, how to take things and where I should be on the field.”