Roy Helu Injury: Updates on Redskins RB's Week 17 Status and Fantasy Value

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterDecember 26, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 11: Roy Helu #29 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball against the New England Patriots at FedEx Field on December 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu was forced to the sidelines with a toe injury on Saturday. Here we examine whether he will hit the field and flourish by Sunday's matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles

Check back often as we update fantasy owners on the status of Roy Helu and the possibility of him featuring in the lone game remaining on the season. 

UPDATE: Friday, Dec. 30, 1:30 p.m. EST by David Daniels

John Kiem of the Washington Examiner tweeted great news for Redskins fans that want to knock off their divisional rival and horrible news for those that want a higher draft pick.

Against the Eagles poor run defense, if Mike Shanahan feeds Helu the rock early and often, the Skins have a great chance to pull the upset.  Healthy, he rushed for three-straight 100-yard games from week 12 to week 14.  The former Nebraska back is a must-start in a PPR-league.

UPDATE: Monday, Dec. 26, 6:20 p.m. EST

The Washington Redskins Twitter feed issues what is an interesting bit of information for fantasy owners that had hopes Roy Helu would give one last great game before the season ends. 

The Washington Post reports head coach Mike Shanahan is quite fond of Evan Royster but does leave room in his shuffling of running backs for Helu. 

(Shanahan) praised Evan Royster’s production and said between Helu, Royster and Tim Hightower, the Redskins have great depth at running back.

Shanahan said he doesn’t know why Ryan Torain has struggled so much this season. The coach said that Helu and Royster have taken advantage of their opportunities more than Torain has.

The only issue for Helu is his ailing toe. The Redskins staff examined him before the game on against the Vikings and found that he didn't have enough explosion because of the injury. 

I would keep up on the toe for the rest of the week. It seems likely that Royster gets a bulk of the load on Sunday as the Redskins look to see what they have going forward. Helu should not be relied on to carry your team in the playoffs in the final week unless things change.