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Redskins running out of running backs?

An MRI exam of running back Ryan Torain's strained hamstring revealed no structural damage, and coach Mike Shanahan said he hopes Torain can play in the team's next game, Nov. 15 against the Philadelphia Eagles

"It wasn't a tear," Shanahan said of Torain's injury. "Does that mean he'll be able to go next Monday? I'm hoping so."

Meanwhile, Shanahan said, it appears doubtful that veteran back Clinton Portis will return to the lineup in the first game after the bye week.

The Redskins had only one healthy running back in the second half of Sunday's 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions. Third-string back Chad Simpson, slowed recently by a hamstring injury, was inactive.

Torain, promoted after Portis suffered a severe groin injury in Week 4, sat out the second half because of his hamstring problem. Torain produced 10 yards on nine rushes (a 1.1-yard average). Rookie running back Keiland Williams took over after halftime, finishing with 25 yards on six rushes (a 4.2-yard average) and had his first rushing touchdown.

After Portis was injured, the Redskins said they expected him to be sidelined four to six weeks. When they resume their schedule in Week 10, the Redskins host the Eagles at FedEx Field.

"Let's say Clinton is able to practice next week, normally it takes a guy a couple of weeks to get back in football shape, that would be my guess," Shanahan said. "If he is able to go full speed on Monday, it'll take a couple of weeks before he plays. You never know for sure. It might be a little quicker. It may take a little bit longer."

By Jason Reid  | November 1, 2010; 7:06 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis, Running backs, Ryan Torain  
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Comments

This looks so much like last year, it's scary. O-line is weak and injured, #1 RB down, #2 RB gimpy, Cooley not quite himself... on the upside, we have an exciting return man (Banks) and a defense that scores and takes the ball away.

What Shanahan/McNabb do after the bye will inform whether they are truly superior to the previous regime, or whether it's more of the same.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 1, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

A. You're subhuman. Kill yourself.

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 1, 2010 6:53 PM |

A little tetchy are we? It looks like Shanny isn't the only one to have tripped over his own words. Heh, heh.

Posted by: SonOfStan | November 1, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Play Terence Austin.

At the very least, replace Galloway with someone with a little quickness, who can run decent routes.

Galloway offers nothing. There has to be someone out there who adds another dimension.

Posted by: saltine182 | November 1, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't really matter who's playing "back"(running back, tailback, fullback, quartesrback)with our OL none of them will be effective. On the Rex fumble6 we had 6 blocking 4 and Rex had NO time.It's been said a million times, you win on the offensive and defensive lines, so we use a 2nd round pick on a "past his prime" QB that should gone at the end of one year here unless he "gets it" in the next nine weeks.

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | November 1, 2010 7:22 PM | Report abuse

So MS went from calling McNabb dumb and challenged his work ethic (doesn't know the playbook) to fat and lazy (cardiovascular conditioning).

Truth be told. McNabb has been terrible, the play calling has been suspect and the OL rivals last years.

Good time for a bye week.

Now make these changes..

Bench Rabach and put Lichensucks at C and put Doc back at LG.

Cut Galloway and bring up Austin.

Remind KS that we don't have Schuab and Johnson and that we need a more balanced approach and never go into a game with 2 active RBs.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 1, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

... so we use a 2nd round pick on a "past his prime" QB that should gone at the end of one year ...

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | November 1, 2010 7:22 PM |

Plus we stock up on old-fart RBs and now the cupboard is as bare as a hooker's ass. But still, that wasn't as bad as giving up a high 2nd rounder to get a old-fart QB.

Posted by: SonOfStan | November 1, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

saltine

Galloway offers nothing.


Well, Shanny would beg to differ.

Galloway is a receiver who doesn't make music videos, refuses to pimp around the field after plays, doesn't have 'tats,' and is willing to do everything necessary to be a professional.

We're lucky to have him.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 1, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 1, 2010 7:38 PM |

You forgot to mention the dud's AARP discount.

Posted by: SonOfStan | November 1, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

It doesn't really matter who's playing "back"(running back, tailback, fullback, quartesrback)with our OL none of them will be effective.

I dunno.

Ryan Torain had back to back 100 yard games behind this 'sorry' offensive line.

This tells me you want to go with a two-headed running back attack.

You want to slow an aggressive defensive line (like the lions) down by running at it 20-35 times, and play action off the running motion.

And from what I read, the passing/running playcalling mix was something like 43 passes, 19 running plays.

No wonder our quarterback has cardio issues: he's tired from throwing the ball so much.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 1, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

"Galloway is a receiver who doesn't make music videos, refuses to pimp around the field after plays, doesn't have 'tats,' and is willing to do everything necessary to be a professional.

We're lucky to have him.

Posted by: MistaMoe"

F*** , Moe, you servin' Massah Falwell drinks down in Lynchburg??

Posted by: frak | November 1, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

I know nothing about MIKE SHANAHAN personally, but he gives the outward appearance of a hard-bitten, driven man with obsessive tendancies ...

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 1, 2010 5:50 PM |

Hey, give the dude some steel balls to click and it might be hard to tell the diff between him and Humphrey Bogart's Captain Queeg.

Posted by: SonOfStan | November 1, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Well said!

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 1, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

F*** , Moe, you servin' Massah Falwell drinks down in Lynchburg??

Posted by: frak | November 1, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Better make that the here-after frak. Oh wait............there's a proginy, I forgot.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 1, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

F*** , Moe, you servin' Massah Falwell drinks down in Lynchburg??

Massah Falwell: Moe, I thought I told you to get busy on that back row of cotton!

Moe: Sorry, massah.

But my Scott Boras negotiated slave contract says I can only pick things I can smoke in hand held devices.

And unlike Massah Marley, what you grow isn't about to get legalized in California.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 1, 2010 8:00 PM | Report abuse

prodgeny..... oh well, a son.

Posted by: glawrence007 | November 1, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

This is exactly what I said would happen when they traded for McNabb. He is not a significant upgrade over soup and they need the draft picks to apply to the many holes.

Now they are going to need a franchise QB along with the overhaul of an aging roster with less picks.

Posted by: srobert1117 | November 1, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

"This looks so much like last year, it's scary. O-line is weak and injured, #1 RB down, #2 RB gimpy, Cooley not quite himself... on the upside, we have an exciting return man (Banks) and a defense that scores and takes the ball away."

Totally different from last year. The Skins played one of the weakest schedules in the NFL last year and still managed only 4 wins. We had probably the worst O-line in the NFL. Until last year, Portis and Betts both had good reputations of staying healthy. And Cooley was absolutely himself--until he broke his leg and was out--there was never a point where he was playing but not quite himself.

Now we've gone from the worst O-line in the NFL to probably the 20th-25th O-line which is quite an improvement (but also shows how much further we need to go). We went into the season definitely gimpy at RB--only a fool would have thought that 3 aging guys (Parker, Johnson and Portis) equals quality but that's what the Skins had to do given their limited options to improve (can't afford to sign a lot of FAs, no draft picks, aging roster--so you look at guys who are unsigned and free...thus Johnson and Parker and Galloway, etc.). And Cooley has played well until the concussion.

It's a totally different team and regime from last year. It's just that we have so much we need to improve on (O-Line, RB depth,big WR, 2 starters on the DL, probably an inside LB, starting safety, and overall team depth) plus not a full contingent of draft choices that we operating with free agent bargains and discount rookies and moving guys like Landry around to try and maximize their big play potential.

Posted by: JoeW1 | November 1, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh that's right, Jerry had a heart attack sodomizing a child for his charity company down in Mexico City..Pat Robertson , then...

Posted by: frak | November 1, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

Agree Diesel 'bout moving CL to center, Doc back to RG and CR to the in-active list.


As bad as the interior of the OL was yesterday, and it was bad, gotta give big credit to the Lions DL. Watching them man handle the Skins OL was like watching what Oregon did to my Lobos to start the season. Was not pretty.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 1, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 1, 2010 8:20 PM

I thought you had your own sock puppet but the more you posted the more I thought it was you.

What's with the slight handle change?

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 1, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 1, 2010 8:23 PM

This is my original handle. The other got the poopy treatment...

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 1, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 1, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

The skins got to get Randy moss. Put him at #2 and let Armstrong play the slot. Anything is a huge upgrade over Galloway and Williams .

Posted by: Jmel1 | November 1, 2010 8:41 PM | Report abuse

Tues: Nov 2, 2010
Shanahan: I benched Mcnabb and went with Grossman because Grossman played for the bears and we beat the bears.

Wed: Nov 3, 2010
Shanahan: I benched Mcnabb because after every Mcnabb incompletion, Grossman would tell me that he would have made that throw.

Posted by: kingpenn1 | November 1, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

#1 let start with the OL center Willand Montgomery, guard, Derrick Dockery, but Ed Williams/c should have been the start from the beginning.
#2 since we are down on RB bring back Willy Parker. He did not get a fair shake in the off season.
#3 Galloway doesn't protect the QB throwing the ball. He don't come back to the ball.

Posted by: jfrost8171 | November 2, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

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