Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain finds himself on the inactive list for a second straight game as his team takes on the New York Giants.
Torain led the team in rushing last season, but has carried the ball only 55 times in 2011. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan apparently likes what he has in rookies Roy Helu (who has rushed for at least 100 yards in three consecutive games) and Evan Royster, who has been used to spell Helu the last three games.
Also inactive for the Redskins will be wide receiver David Anderson, who had a touchdown reception last week, injured veterans Jammal Brown (the starting right tackle, who is nursing a strained groin) and fullback/tight end Mike Sellers (hyperextended elbow), and backup linebacker Markus White and defensive lineman Kentwan Balmer.
Tyler Polumbus will start at right tackle for a second straight game with Brown out.
Active for the first time in two weeks will be second-year receiver Terrence Austin, who had been out with a strained hamstring and plays the same position as Anderson.
Dressing for this game will be backup tight end Richard Quinn, whom the team signed on Tuesday. Logan Paulsen will start at tight end, and Dominique Byrd likely will be used ahead of Quinn in any two tight end sets, or to relieve Paulsen.
Strong safety LaRon Landry was placed on injured reserve Friday, leaving the Redskins with only 52 players on the roster. Rookie DeJon Gomes will start in his place for a second straight week. As a result, the Redskins have only six inactive players instead of the usual seven.