Redskins running back Ryan Torain remains limited as his surgically repaired left hand continues to heal. The fourth-year pro doesn’t know when he will be cleared to resume full-contact work, but is hoping to return by the final preseason game.
“It’s tough being on the sidelines,” Torain said on Sunday. “But I’m doing what the coaches ask me to do: taking handoffs, catching balls, working with the trainers. I’m really excited to play and ready for this season. I think we’ll do a lot of good things out there.”
Torain watched from home as Tim Hightower on Friday night rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown on six carries against Indianapolis. Meanwhile, rookie running back Roy Helu came off the bench to rush for 110 yards on 14 carries.
Torain, who broke his hand on Aug. 5 and had four screws inserted into the top of it, said their performances made him even more anxious to return to action. But said he is happy that both backs are succeeding.
“The team looks great. We’ve got a lot of team camaraderie and I’m just focused,” said Torain, who last season led the team with 742 yards (averaging 4.5 yards per carry) and four touchdowns. “But competition makes us great. We’re all going to push each other and to be better, and we just have to stay together as a team.”