“Stay positive,” “stay focused,” and “keep working hard,” are the go-to phrases for Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain, regardless of what’s happening. If he has a good game, he uses those lines. If he has an injury, those lines serve as his motto.

Ryan Torain (46) on the bench in the fourth quarter of the 23-0 loss to the Bills in Toronto, October 30. (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

On Sunday, Torain had only one carry and one catch, just three games after he had 19 carries for 135 yards and a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams and a week after he took over as starter for the injured Tim Hightower.

In that start against Buffalo, Torain mustered eight rushes for 14 yards. Carries were hard to come by because Washington fell behind early and was forced to throw often.

On Sunday, Mike Shanahan decided to go young, starting Roy Helu — who is better in pass protection — along with two other rookies on Washington’s struggling offense.

Torain said Monday he is working to ensure that he doesn’t become discouraged.

“It’s tough, but you’ve just got to stay positive,” he said. “I’m going to back Helu up and I’m going to back every offensive player on this team and keep working. When they give me the opportunity to be on the field, I’ll have to take advantage, be an uplift and make plays.”