Running back Tashard Choice said he was prepared to make his Redskins debut Sunday in Miami before his injured hamstring forced him to the inactive list for the third straight week. Choice, who signed with Washington on Oct. 31, practiced without limitation for much of last week and was listed as ‘questionable’ heading into the 20-9 loss to the Dolphins.
“I felt like I was about ready, but I just had a little doubt,” Choice said Monday. ”You don’t want to have that with a hamstring.”
When asked about his chances of playing this week, Choice responded, ‘100 (percent),’ before adding “I’m playing this week.”
Washington could use a boost for its backfield. Since starter Tim Hightower was lost for the season with a knee injury on Oct. 23, the Redskins have struggled to run the ball effectively with the combination of Ryan Torain and Roy Helu.
Torain averaged just 1.8 yards per rush on 11 carries against the Dolphins, while Helu had 20 yards on five carries before a 21-yard gain on the game’s final play.
For the season, the Redskins currently rank 28th in the league in rushing, averaging just 89.9 yards a game.
“I’m just going to go in there and play — get behind those guys and run to daylight,” Choice said. “I’m excited about the opportunity. I’ve just got to make sure I’m healthy.