Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan says Roy Helu’s running was affected by injuries in last Sunday’s win against the New York Giants. But the rookie running back doesn’t anticipate pain holding him back this Saturday when the Minnesota Vikings come to town.

Asked Tuesday morning how he feels, Helu said, “Great.”

Helu visited the trainers table multiple times against the Giants, and even left the field at one point to be re-taped. Shanahan said Helu was playing through knee and toe injuries. Helu also suffered an injury to his right eye when he took a hit to the face in a pile after his helmet popped off. He said the eye was swollen Sunday, partially limiting his vision. “Football stuff,” Helu called his ailments.

“You just have to fight through that stuff,” Helu said. “I’m sure people on the Giants have to deal with that as well.”

The key, Helu said, is “mental toughness,” and judging by his teammate’s comments, no one is worried about whether Helu has the ability to stay focused.

“I mean, the guy don’t have TV... that just goes to show you, his mind is on something else,” said receiver Santana Moss. “He’s very focused on what he’s doing.”

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