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Posted at 4:10 PM ET, 12/ 8/2010

Ryan Torain practices, could start Sunday

By Rick Maese

With their running game struggling, the Redskins had a welcome addition at practice Wednesday: running back Ryan Torain, who has missed the team's past four games with a hamstring injury.

"It definitely is good to be back on the field practicing," Torain said afterward.

Torain was able to practice fully and could be starting in the Washington backfield when Tampa Bay comes to town Sunday. With Clinton Portis on injured reserve, Torain has been missed. The team has been forced to rely on Keiland Williams, who is better suited as a third-down back, and James Davis, who was released by Cleveland and was on the Redskins' practice squad three weeks ago.

Sitting on the sidelines wasn't easy for Torain, either.

"It was definitely tough not being able to get out there and help the team," he said.

Asked if he currently feels 100 percent, Torain said, "I feel great."

Torain hurt his hamstring on Oct. 31 at Detroit. He hoped to play on Nov. 15 against Philadelphia, but aggravated the injury in pregame warm-ups and has been sidelined since.

Replacing an injured Portis midway through the Week 4 Eagles game, Torain has shown flashes of promise. He had 70 yards on 18 carries in that game. As a starter the next four games, Torain twice topped 100 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns against the Colts.

Torain, who has a history of injuries, wasn't happy the hamstring halted his momentum.

"It definitely stopped the pace," he said. "I want to get right back into action, keep it moving, keep running hard and keep doing what I was doing a couple of weeks ago."

By Rick Maese  | December 8, 2010; 4:10 PM ET
Categories:  Ryan Torain  
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Comments

I'm excited to see how he plays Sunday. I'd really like to see Torain and Davis in the backfield sharing carries, a little bit of power and speed!

Posted by: ddrcoaster | December 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Raheem Morris must also be a total idiot based on what he said about Haynesworth, right?

Shanahan clearly a genius!

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 8, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Torain pulls hammy in 3, 2 .......

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 8, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

the Bull is back, stay healthy bro and you're almost guaranteed a starting gig next year

Posted by: retroskins14 | December 8, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

"it was just time to move on" from haynesworth, Campbell, Thomas, betts, Cartwright, hunter smith (psych), tryon, dockery, Carter, Galloway, hagans, having draft picks, the 4-3

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 8, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm excited to see how he plays Sunday. I'd really like to see Torain and Davis in the backfield sharing carries, a little bit of power and speed!

Posted by: ddrcoaster | December 8, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Co-sign.

Torain is fun to watch, I'm excited to see him play again.

A little shake & bake, smash & dash, gin & juice.

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 8, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

I think the real story to date is that the team seems to sliding backwards in terms of performance and execution on both sides of teh ball.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 8, 2010 3:18 PM

Aside from having four different players fumble on sunday, I didn't see any slide backwards in performance or execution.

The redskins converted over 40% of their third downs. That is an advancement.

McNabb had time to stand in the pocket even in obvious passing situations, and this was against a D-line that has been dominating teams this season. That is an advancement.

Our RBs averaged 5.8 (K. Williams) and 4.4 (J. Davis) yards per carry. That is an advancement.

The Giants only converted 20% of their third downs. That is an advancement.

Of the Giants 8 second half drives, 6 resulted in punts. None was any longer than 5 plays. Their only two 2nd half scores were the result of them having excellent field position due to a turnover and blocked punt. That is an advancement.

Yes, our run defense sucked in the first half, and yes, the turnovers killed us, but I see many things that are IMPROVING in our performance and execution.

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 8, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

As the Albert poison is purged, individual players and the locker room begin the healing process.

Posted by: swowra | December 8, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Torain ran with power and a little speed (not Banks speed). If he can stay healthy we have a good back but they must get someone to go with him. You have to have two backs in this league. Did not get a chance to see Davis run. How did he do? Stats were not great but that happens when you drop the run and play from behind. Torain had more broken tackles in his stretch than anyone in the league. I hope we have a keeper these next few weeks will tell.

Posted by: BleedBurgandGold | December 8, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

I think the real story to date is that the team seems to sliding backwards in terms of performance and execution on both sides of teh ball.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 8, 2010 3:18 PM

Aside from having four different players fumble on sunday, I didn't see any slide backwards in performance or execution.

The redskins converted over 40% of their third downs. That is an advancement.

McNabb had time to stand in the pocket even in obvious passing situations, and this was against a D-line that has been dominating teams this season. That is an advancement.

Our RBs averaged 5.8 (K. Williams) and 4.4 (J. Davis) yards per carry. That is an advancement.

The Giants only converted 20% of their third downs. That is an advancement.

Of the Giants 8 second half drives, 6 resulted in punts. None was any longer than 5 plays. Their only two 2nd half scores were the result of them having excellent field position due to a turnover and blocked punt. That is an advancement.

Yes, our run defense sucked in the first half, and yes, the turnovers killed us, but I see many things that are IMPROVING in our performance and execution.

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 8, 2010 4:39 PM
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-------------------------
"Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the Play?"

Posted by: onanygivensunday | December 8, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

"No, he (Snyder) didn't" have a role in the move, Shanahan said. "Dan's been great to me. I haven't even discussed the situation with Dan."

Stunning comments by Shanny regarding his decision on Albert. You're suspending the highest paid person in the organization and you don't talk to the owner about it?

Talk about power!!!!!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 8, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Kaas master, by your interpretation of advancement the 0-16 Lions are the most advanced sports team EVER!

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 8, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/chat/_/id/35960/espn-michael-wilbon

Mike Wilbon
(1:40 PM)

Hi Everybody...Welcome to my first live chat for ESPN, on my first day as an ESPN.com columnist. I've done chats forever, as far back as the late 1990s for The Washington Post...but that was by and large a soft core sports audience...I know this is going to be a much more hard core group.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 8, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"Our RBs averaged 5.8 (K. Williams) and 4.4 (J. Davis) yards per carry. That is an advancement.

The Giants only converted 20% of their third downs. That is an advancement.

Of the Giants 8 second half drives, 6 resulted in punts. None was any longer than 5 plays. Their only two 2nd half scores were the result of them having excellent field position due to a turnover and blocked punt. That is an advancement."

Kaas, you hit on the bright spots. I drank a lot that day, but I remember the D looking good in the second half despite the turnovers. And if Davis can get even a little more comfortable with the line and playbook, I think we've found a winner there.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | December 8, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Torain is fun to watch, I'm excited to see him play again.

A little shake & bake, smash & dash, gin & juice.

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 8, 2010 4:36 PM

From now on, I'm the Magic Man and you're El Diablo.

Now you see me, now you don't..

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 8, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

yea and wilbon is a piece of shat , doesnt know much about sports, but knows a lot about drama, he would say something like that

trust me i dont miss the guy, stopped listening/reading/watching back in december 2007

Posted by: retroskins14 | December 8, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth & Wilbon. Two gigantic tumors removed in one day.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 8, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"No, he (Snyder) didn't" have a role in the move, Shanahan said. "Dan's been great to me. I haven't even discussed the situation with Dan."

Stunning comments by Shanny regarding his decision on Albert. You're suspending the highest paid person in the organization and you don't talk to the owner about it?

Talk about power!!!!!

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 8, 2010 4:44 PM

Dan was great to Marty before he fired him, too... but I'm not sure it was a good career move if MS didn't discuss his decision on Hayney with Dan.

I think Dan gives the Big Name coaches a lot more rope than he gave Zorn, but I don't think Shanahan is safe beyond next year.

Dan has a roving eye for coaches and QBs, and Shanahan's seat is going to get hot awfully quick if this team doesn't start showing some serious improvement these last 4 games and get off to a strong start early next year.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 8, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Kass Master: why don't you look at 1st half stats instead of garbage time.

Did you actually watch this game? You call being down 28-0 progress?

In your kool-aid world, winning the 4th quarter was I am sure a major victory.

Posted by: zornskins2 | December 8, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: onanygivensunday | December 8, 2010 4:43 PM
Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 8, 2010 4:45 PM

Even in failure, certain things do go right, and can be used as a foundation for future success. It's called finding the positives in a negative situation and building upon them.

Were there things that led to the failure?
YES!

Were there things that can be pointed to as evidence that improvement in important areas is being achieved?
Also YES!

Posted by: kaasmaster | December 8, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

torain beeps

Posted by: frediefritz | December 8, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

In your kool-aid world, winning the 4th quarter was I am sure a major victory.

Posted by: zornskins2 | December 8, 2010 5:11 PM

What would you call it in your Stay Medium cuckooland world, zornskins? A major defeat?

Posted by: beep-beep | December 8, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

The only silver lining in the Giants debacle was Davis, who showed pretty good vision anbd a good burst. If we hadn't either fumbled the ball or dropped passes every time we had something going, we would have seen some good things from Davis, I believe. Time to let him develop. Williams is no good, by NFL standards. Torain is extremely mediocre by those same standards. (If he was on a team we were playing, all the fans would be breathing a sigh of relief that we wouldn't have to worry about their running game. That's what other fans do toward the Skins.)

It's another bad season, record-wise. Let's see what Davis has !!!

Posted by: NYskinsfan2 | December 9, 2010 8:57 AM | Report abuse

^21^

Shanahan said running back Ryan Torain was "full-go" during Wednesday's practice, and could play Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Sham-ahans' hand picked boy from Denver is always ready during the week. But as soon as he looks at the competition on gameday....he all of a sudden CAN'T GO! LMAO

Nice job coach with the talent you have selected for my team.

Maybe you should play London Fletcher at RB, he's always active and won't mind changing positions for the team.

Posted by: COLUMBIASKINS | December 9, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

RE: Posted by: NYskinsfan2 | December 9, 2010 8:57 AM

I also thought Davis looked promising. When there was a hole, he shot through it like no player we've had for years. Might take him a while to learn to read his blockers. Glad to see Torain back too. Not much speed, but he runs with power. I'll give the edge to Davis if only one is here next year.

I hope free agency pick-ups are solid linemen coming off their rookie contracts. T. Williams is about all we've got on either side of the line.

Posted by: DannyH8r | December 9, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

I'm so tired of this team. It doesn't matter who the coach is, or who the quarterback is, this team/franchise just stinks. I'm sick of it.

Posted by: john24 | December 9, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Kaasmaster, thanks for pointing out the positives in the midst of the mess. I, for one, appreciate that.

Posted by: OintheSierras | December 9, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Do you really think an employee (Shanahan) did NOT talk with the Boss (Snyder) about firing the highest paid employee the Boss has? Do you really believe that?

That's as big a lie as the McNabb series of lies.

If you believe Shanahan, I have a great bridge for you to buy and some teenagers that want to talk to you.

Posted by: jmueller7 | December 9, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

If Shanahan hadn't been so freaked out about messing with Big Al from the first day of training camp....he might would of paid more attention to his running game. Look at what he had behind C.P., Torain is a so-so running back in the NFL at best; Williams is a undrafted free agent who couldn't shake anybody if he had a mixer; Davis couldn't make it Cleveland...enough said. In the very first pre-season game, Shanny ran Torain and Williams the whole game. Even at 29, he's 30 now, but Fast Willie Parker would of run circles around this trio. Fast Willie is a proven back in the NFL, he had 1,000-plus yards for three straight seasons. Sure he suffered a few injuries, but he would of added a dimension to this team that is sorely missed....elusiveness. The Redskins does not have a real playmaker on the roster, and Shanahan never really gave Fast Willie a chance during the pre-season, and the team paid a huge price....no running game to speak of!!!

Posted by: laboyde | December 9, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

all i hear is albert did not have a practice i remember when john elway was hurt and he played,how can u have a good practice if u r not a 100%,torain is not 100% but he will play but albert did not play,who on the redskin defense is having a good practice,because the way they are losing no one should be playing

Posted by: justlikeit10 | December 9, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

another way to try to recoup some of his signing bonus,limited action he still has 2.5 sacks if all the defense ends had 2.5 sacks in limited play the sorry redskins would be better so how could u say he is not a starter and he didnt play 1st 2nd downs unless the games was out of reach,player union is a joke and they should be disbanned.albert said that he was happy playing 2nd string so how was he not responding to coaches,who on the redskin are having a mvp season on defense not even honorable mention,all the redskins needs to look in the mirror instead of blaming albert

Posted by: justlikeit10 | December 9, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

another way to try to recoup some of his signing bonus,limited action he still has 2.5 sacks if all the defense ends had 2.5 sacks in limited play the sorry redskins would be better so how could u say he is not a starter and he didnt play 1st 2nd downs unless the games was out of reach,player union is a joke and they should be disbanned.albert said that he was happy playing 2nd string so how was he not responding to coaches,who on the redskin are having a mvp season on defense not even honorable mention,all the redskins needs to look in the mirror instead of blaming albert

Posted by: justlikeit10 | December 9, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

another way to try to recoup some of his signing bonus,limited action he still has 2.5 sacks if all the defense ends had 2.5 sacks in limited play the sorry redskins would be better so how could u say he is not a starter and he didnt play 1st 2nd downs unless the games was out of reach,player union is a joke and they should be disbanned.albert said that he was happy playing 2nd string so how was he not responding to coaches,who on the redskin are having a mvp season on defense not even honorable mention,all the redskins needs to look in the mirror instead of blaming albert

Posted by: justlikeit10 | December 9, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

another way to try to recoup some of his signing bonus,limited action he still has 2.5 sacks if all the defense ends had 2.5 sacks in limited play the sorry redskins would be better so how could u say he is not a starter and he didnt play 1st 2nd downs unless the games was out of reach,player union is a joke and they should be disbanned.albert said that he was happy playing 2nd string so how was he not responding to coaches,who on the redskin are having a mvp season on defense not even honorable mention,all the redskins needs to look in the mirror instead of blaming albert

Posted by: justlikeit10 | December 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

another way to try to recoup some of his signing bonus,limited action he still has 2.5 sacks if all the defense ends had 2.5 sacks in limited play the sorry redskins would be better so how could u say he is not a starter and he didnt play 1st 2nd downs unless the games was out of reach,player union is a joke and they should be disbanned.albert said that he was happy playing 2nd string so how was he not responding to coaches,who on the redskin are having a mvp season on defense not even honorable mention,all the redskins needs to look in the mirror instead of blaming albert

Posted by: justlikeit10 | December 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

another way to try to recoup some of his signing bonus,limited action he still has 2.5 sacks if all the defense ends had 2.5 sacks in limited play the sorry redskins would be better so how could u say he is not a starter and he didnt play 1st 2nd downs unless the games was out of reach,player union is a joke and they should be disbanned.albert said that he was happy playing 2nd string so how was he not responding to coaches,who on the redskin are having a mvp season on defense not even honorable mention,all the redskins needs to look in the mirror instead of blaming albert

Posted by: justlikeit10 | December 9, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy! Ryan Torain is back!

Start printing those playoff tickets!

You mean this week the Skins will be starting a back who actually started for his college team?

Movin' on up!

Posted by: noslok | December 9, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

If Shanahan hadn't been so freaked out about messing with Big Al from the first day of training camp....he might would of paid more attention to his running game. Look at what he had behind C.P., Torain is a so-so running back in the NFL at best; Williams is a undrafted free agent who couldn't shake anybody if he had a mixer; Davis couldn't make it Cleveland...enough said. In the very first pre-season game, Shanny ran Torain and Williams the whole game. Even at 29, he's 30 now, but Fast Willie Parker would of run circles around this trio. Fast Willie is a proven back in the NFL, he had 1,000-plus yards for three straight seasons. Sure he suffered a few injuries, but he would of added a dimension to this team that is sorely missed....elusiveness. The Redskins does not have a real playmaker on the roster, and Shanahan never really gave Fast Willie a chance during the pre-season, and the team paid a huge price....no running game to speak of!!!

Posted by: laboyde | December 9, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse


Yeah, because as soon as the Redskins released him, NFL teams were banging on the door to sign him to their backfield.

It's Marcus Mason 2.0....all of the idiot Redskins fans get behind a talentless player and think they know more than NFL executives. Willie Parker was a 1,000 yard rusher because he played for PITTSBURGH, not because he was scary talented.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | December 9, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

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