ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Mike Shanahan has a gut feeling Roy Helu won’t play Saturday against the Chicago Bears.
The second-year Washington Redskins running back has been slowed by Achilles tendonitis of late.
“Anytime you have a sore Achilles a couple days before the game, it makes more sense to get him ready for [the Indianapolis Colts] or the last preseason game,” Shanahan said Wednesday.
Tim Hightower also remains sidelined as he continues to recover from ACL surgery last November. The coaching staff are hopeful that he will be able to play against the Colts, but say a return in the preseason finale is more realistic.
Their absences complicate the Redskins backfield, but will also afford sixth-round draft pick Alfred Morris increased opportunities.
“A guy like Morris will get more reps in the second game than a guy like [Evan] Royster because we want to evaluate some of these guys and see what they can do in live situations,” Shanahan said.
An increased work load in Chicago will be nothing new for Morris. The 5-foot-10 Florida Atlantic product led the team in rushing against the Bills, amassing 54 yards on 15 carries.
Royster and Helu rushed for a combined 38 yards on 11 carries in that contest.