|Helu, above, will likely sit against the Bears. (Photo: wikimedia.org)|
Yesterday, Redskins Head Coach Mike Shanahan said that he will most likely leave running back Roy Helu Jr out of this weekends preseason game against the Bears. While nothing is set in stone yet, Shanahan said that "My gut is we'll keep him out this game". He has been sidelined with knee tendinitis.
Roy Helu Jr not being available hurts him more than it does the Redskins. There were already questions about his durability and it seems as though Evan Royster has taken the starting job from him. Also, Alfred Morris is a name that stepped up in the Redskins first preseason game and was very impressive. He will get a number of carries coming off the bench.
The Redskins are doing everything they can to avoid having to send Jammal Brown surgery. The projected starting right tackle has been sidelined with hip pains and things don't seem to be improving.
Yesterday, he received a cortisone shot in his left hip. It is the second one that he has received. The purpose of the cortisone shot is to take the pain away and avoid surgery. It shouldn't take to many. Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman missed a few weeks this season with a shoulder injury and one cortisone shot cleared all that up. Brown has now had two shots.
Brown will stay on the PUP list and thus will not be allowed to practice. If he remains on the PUP at the beginning of the season, he will have to stay there for the first six weeks of the regular season. There is no timetable for his return and Mike Shanahan added "I don't see much improvement, but hopefully it comes quickly."
Tyler Polumbus and Willie Smith will be splitting the reps at right tackle while Brown is sidelined. James Lee and Chris Campbell are also two other players that could see time there during the second half against the Bears.
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Source: CSN, Washington Post