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Keiland Williams picks up load for injured Torain

Redskins running back Ryan Torain strained his left hamstring on the final play of the first half of Sunday's 37-25 loss to Detroit, an injury that left Keiland Williams not only as the featured back in the second half, but as the only healthy back active for the game.

"When you come in on this level, you know things happen real quick," Williams said. "Just throughout the process of the week, you just prepare yourself for situations like this. For any position, you're always one play away from being the guy."

With 11 seconds remaining in the second quarter, Torain took a pass from quarterback Donovan McNabb and gained 13 yards along the left side, getting out of bounds in time for the Redskins to kick a field goal that put them up 13-7 at the break. But he felt something pull on the play.

"I was just striding out the last play of the half, and just strained my left hamstring," Torain said. Asked if he thought it was serious, Torain said: "Hard to say."

To that point, Torain - coming off of back-to-back 100-yard games -- had been ineffective on the ground, gaining just 10 yards on nine carries. When Torain couldn't loosen the hamstring by riding an exercise bike at halftime, Williams took over. He had just four career carries coming in, but gained 25 yards on six carries in the second half, including a five-yard touchdown run that put the Redskins up 19-14 early in the fourth quarter.

"I was just running to daylight," Williams said.

Chad Simpson, who could have served as a backup to Williams, was among the Redskins' inactives for the game. He had battled a hamstring problem during the week, but Coach Mike Shanahan said Friday Simpson seemed healthy enough to play. Starter Clinton Portis missed his fourth straight game with a groin injury.

McNabb, though, was the Redskins' leading rusher on the day, gaining 45 yards on four carries, including a 36-yard jaunt that was his longest since 2007. McNabb, though, was also sacked six times for 46 yards in losses. (Sacks do not count against a quarterback's rushing totals.)

By Barry Svrluga  | October 31, 2010; 6:54 PM ET
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