Redskins have an issue at running back
(TSX / STATS) -- Ashburn, Va. - The Washington Redskins needs to figure out their running back situation.
Starter Rob Kelley has been in and out of the lineup all season with rib and ankle injuries, and he might be done for the season after he aggravated a high-ankle sprain and sustained an MCL sprain in his left knee against the Vikings.
The Redskins are always careful with Chris Thompson's snaps because of his frame and injury history. They can't afford to lose their leading rusher and receiver. That means more snaps for rookie Samaje Perine, a fourth-round draft pick from Oklahoma. He had nine carries for 35 yards on Sunday, but has had ball-security issues with one fumble and another charged to quarterback Kirk Cousins that should have been his, too.
The Redskins' disastrous injury situation forced them to cut running back Mack Brown on Oct. 28 because they needed the roster spot for extra offensive linemen. He was immediately signed by the Vikings to their active roster. They have no choice but to go with Perine.
"I just want to see more production, that's all," head coach Jay Gruden said. "If we have a guy unblocked in the hole, it's run him over or make him miss -- something. Make sure we continue to get positive yards and keep the chains in favorable down and distance and avoid the negative plays. Samaje is going to get better and better the more reps he gets and the more carries. We'll get a great look at him."
Updated November 13, 2017