Skins don't commit to starting RB

Washington Post - [Full Article]

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Monday he is unsure who will start at running back in the next game against the New York Giants, adding that he won't know until Wednesday whether Ryan Torain's hamstring injury has healed enough for him to play.

"We'll get a better feel for that on Wednesday," Shanahan said about the unsettled situation at running back. "Until they actually go full-speed, it's too early to tell" whether Torain can be ready.

With first-string tailback Clinton Portis out for the year and Torain sidelined for a third consecutive game, the Redskins gained just 29 yards on 13 rushing attempts in their 17-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings Sunday. That total is tied for the team's second-worst since 1994.

Starting running back Keiland Williams had just five yards on three carries, and his backup, James Davis, had 11 yards on six rushes in his first game for the Redskins.

Shanahan said the small number of rushing attempts was due primarily to the fact that the Redskins fell behind 17-7 and ran just 21 plays in the second half. "When you only have [21] plays in the second half, good things aren't going to happen," he said.

Shanahan said Davis ran more plays in part because the team was evaluating him.

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