Giants sign Ryan Torain ahead of Redskins game

Ryan Torain (right) and Mike Sellers knock heads before (Toni L. Sandys / Washington Post)

There may be a familiar face in the backfield when the Washington Redskins play the New York Giants on Monday night.

The Giants, seeking help at running back with Andre Brown recovering from a broken fibula, have signed Ryan Torain, who hasn’t played since he was released by the Redskins last December. Torain, the Redskins’ leading rusher with 742 yards on 164 carries in 2010, struggled last season. He broke his left hand in training camp and fell on the depth chart when the Redskins traded for Tim Hightower. 

When the Redskins released Torain, Coach Mike Shanahan had little to offer as an explanation for his drop-off from 2010.

“It’s hard to say,” Shanahan, who 2008 drafted Torain in Denver in 2008, told The Post’s Mike Jones. “ But what you look for is consistency at every position. The people that are consistent get more opportunities. If you’re not consistent, you don’t get as many opportunities to show us what you can do.”  

The Giants also signed running back Kregg Lumpkin, who is likely to pick up Brown’s duties on kick coverage.

Cadillac Williams and Ryan Grant also worked out for the Giants on Tuesday. 

In one of their roster moves to make room for the signings, the Giants released another former Redskins player, offensive lineman Selvish Capers. He had been signed off the practice squad a week ago.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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