Alfred Morris Injury: Updates on Redskins RB's Ribs, Likely Return Date
The Washington Redskins' nightmare season continued on Sunday, as running back Alfred Morris was forced from the game against the Oakland Raiders with an apparent rib injury.
CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora gave the concerning details:
Alfred Morris getting medical attention on the sidelines, looking at his rib and side. He appeared to be in great discomfort— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 29, 2013
Chris Russell of ESPN Radio 980 in Washington provided an update after the game:
Alfred Morris says he is fine..no breaks..which is what shanahan said. He says just a bruise. Will be ready for Dallas. #Redskins— Chris Russell (@Russellmania980) September 30, 2013
Morris will play in Week 6.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
From ESPN's John Keim:
RB Alfred Morris says his ribs feel good (some minor lingering soreness) after being full-go Monday. He's confident he'll play. #Redskins— John Keim (@john_keim) October 9, 2013
From Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Washington:
Morris said team wants him to wear additional padding around his ribs. He's not a fan of the pads, but understands concern. #RedskinsTalk— Tarik El-Bashir (@TarikCSN) October 9, 2013
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct. 8
ESPN's John Keim confirms Alfred Morris practiced on Monday, Oct. 7, and is expected to play in Week 6:
Running back Alfred Morris declined to speak with reporters about his bruised ribs, but he was able to practice at least during the portion open to the media. He did tell ESPN980 that he was full-go Monday.
UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 30
From Mike Jones of The Washington Post:
Alfred Morris said that he feels pretty good. Said he injured his ribs when someone fell on him. Said it actually happened earlier in game.— Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) September 30, 2013
With Robert Griffin III still shaking off the rust as he returns from major knee surgery, Alfred Morris has served as Mike Shanahan's best offensive weapon.
After piling up 1,613 yards and 13 scores as a rookie, "The Butler" had already tallied another 225 (on a whopping 5.6 yards per carry) and two scores this year. He had 71 yards on 16 carries against the Raiders before leaving the game.
Fantasy players should expect third-year back Roy Helu to pick up more carries this season to preserve Morris' long-term healthy.
The former Nebraska star isn't as hard-nosed of a runner as Morris, but he brings slightly more versatility as a pass-catcher out of the backfield.
Still, while Helu is plenty talented, the Redskins, who have struggled immensely on the defensive side of the ball, won't be able to survive many significant losses on the offensive side of the ball.
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