The stage was set for running back Tashard Choice to leave his stamp on a game against the team that threw him on the scrap heap just a few weeks ago.
With time ticking away in the fourth quarter and the Redskins trailing by a touchdown, coaches called Choice’s number. On first-and-goal from the 2-yard line, though, Choice was stuffed for a two-yard loss.
“I just wish I could’ve got it in right there,” said Choice, who was released by the Cowboys last month and claimed off waivers by the Redskins on Oct. 31. “Tried to make a play, tried to get outside to make a play -- but I’m glad we got it in.”
Two plays later, Rex Grossman found Donte Stallworth in the corner of the end zone for a game-tying touchdown that forced overtime.
Sunday’s game marked Choice’s Redskins’ debut, and he actually finished with more carries than the day’s starter, Ryan Torain. Choice had only seven yards on six carries, seeing the bulk of his action down the stretch. (Torain finished with four yards on five carries, and rookie Roy Helu was the team’s leading rusher with 35 yards on eight carries against the Cowboys.)
But Choice was the running back the Redskins put on the field late in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line.
“They got trust in me,” Choice said. “I’m gonna start making sure I make it happen. Get a little chance and those opportunities you get, make the best of them. That’s always key.”
Choice said he’s not sure what his precise role may be in the future. Though Torain received the start Sunday, there was no featured back and Torain’s hold on the starting job seems tenuous at best.
“I’ll do whatever they ask me to,” Choice said. “If I had to run the ball all day today, I would have. Whatever they had me do on special teams, running the ball, I’m going to do that.”