Redskins running back Roy Helu (29) stiff-arms Raiders linebacker Nick Roach (53) during the second quarter Sunday (Marcio Jose Sanchez/Associated Press)

OAKLAND — Backup tailback Roy Helu Jr. gave the Washington Redskins a boost Sunday after starter Alfred Morris exited the game with what the team described as a rib contusion.

Helu ran for 41 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He also had two catches for 43 yards as the Redskins beat the Oakland Raiders, 24-14.

His best sequence came in the fourth quarter when he hurdled a defender after catching a pass from quarterback Robert Griffin III for a 28-yard gain. He ran for a 14-yard touchdown on the next play to all but seal the game’s outcome.

“He did a good job. …You want guys to come in and do a good job when they’re asked to come in in those situations,” Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said. “Roy was very prepared both in the running game and the passing game. He caught the ball very well and was able to grind out some tough yards there at the end.”

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