Alfred Morris Fantasy News
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:47pm
"I'm going to run hard and give you 100 percent on every play because every play could be my last, but I left a lot of yards on the field last year. Looking back on film, a lot of it was my aiming points in certain runs, or I was too tight and I couldn't get outside. Being more patient with my cutbacks -- I tended to cut back too soon."
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Thursday, April 25, 2013, 2:15pm
Redskins RB Roy Helu suffered a setback in his recovery from turf toe, but coach Mike Shanahan said he’s nearly 100 percent. Helu played in only three games last season because of the injury on his left foot.
Helu could be the third-down back in Washington if he could get healthy, which would put a dent in the upside of Alfred Morris, who did not show much in the way of pass-catching in 2012.
Roy Helu recovering after Feb. toe surgery
Saturday, April 6, 2013, 10:25am
Helu got hurt in the season opener in 2012 and, after attempting to play through the discomfort, he eventually landed on the injured reserve list September 26, ending his second NFL season after only three games. The originally diagnosis was a turf toe-like ailment, but when Helu still couldn’t run at full speed in January, and X-rays and MRI exams did not reveal any structural damage, he began searching for answers.
“In January, I hit a road block, where I couldn’t sprint but everything else was great. I could jog at a high pace, I just couldn’t sprint,” Helu said in a phone conversation. "I made the decision to see what was wrong. I just knew my body was telling me that, with this amount of time, I should be recovered.”
After visiting with foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, Helu opted for a surgical procedure.
“Off of an instinct that something was wrong, we went into surgery,” Helu said. “And we found out there was damaged cartilage [near the big toe] that was causing the problem, but it wasn’t showing up on anything. Thankfully we found it and now it’s gone. The road to recovery this time, since February, has been a lot better.”
Helu ran for the first time since the surgery on Tuesday, and based on how he’s feeling, he said he's aiming to be “without limitations” at the start of OTAs on May 20th.
If Helu can get healthy, he could serve as the change-of-pace back to Alfred Morris, who is not particularly adept at catching the ball out of the backfield.
Monday, January 7, 2013, 2:33pm
RG3 reportedly out for Week 15
Saturday, December 15, 2012, 11:14pm
Alfred Morris gets third down snaps
Monday, November 19, 2012, 10:47am
Rookie Alfred Morris was promoted to third-down back in Sunday’s 31-6 win over Philadelphia. Coach Mike Shanahan replaced second-year running back Evan Royster with Morris, and Morris played nine of the Redskins’ 11 third downs.
“He told me he was going to give me an opportunity to do it, and I really am thankful because he’s trying to help me become a complete back,” Morris said. “I thank coach for believing in me.”
Morris did a variety of things on third downs. He picked up a pass rush only one time. His cut block against LB DeMeco Ryans that helped open a lane for quarterback Robert Griffin III to hit receiver Joshua Morgan on a slant for 6 yards on third-and-7 in the second quarter.
He had just one catch, but look for that number to increase going forward. He had only five catches and nine targets all season as Royster saw a bunch of third down action prior to Week 11.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 6:29pm
Alfred Morris said the injury that caused him to leave the Carolina game early in the second quarter was a stinger, and that “they blew it out of proportion on TV.”
Morris missed just five plays because of injury in the 21-13 loss on Nov. 4 and left the game on his own, concerned staying in would lead to a mistake.
A stinger is a spine injury where nerves leading to an arm are stretched or compressed, leading to a temporary loss of sensation. He also left the Redskins’ game against Minnesota on Oct. 14 with a stinger, though the numbness was in his left arm. His right arm was the one affected against Carolina.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012, 11:52am
Redskins RB Alfred Morris gained three yards or less on 11 of his 21 carries, but he fought hard for yards, as usual. He gained 82 of his 113 rushing yards after contact, and he had five additional yards after contact behind the line of scrimmage. He often makes the first defender miss because he runs low and behind his pads, and he keeps his strong legs churning when he gets hit. The FOX broadcast team noted Morris can squat 645 pounds. That's major for a running back.
Roy Helu (turf toe) done for season
Wednesday, September 26, 2012, 12:02pm
Redskins sign RB Grant
Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 7:18pm