WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins placed Roy Helu on injured reserve Wednesday morning, cutting short his 2012 campaign.
Helu, who has just two carries for two yards this season, was battling a nagging Achilles’ injury but says it was turf toe that ultimately ended his season.
Last season, in his rookie campaign, the Nebraska product rushed for 640 yards and two touchdowns.
“I’m assuming it will be a little while to get healthy enough to where I can be myself,” Helu said.
He sustained the latest injury on his first play of the year in New Orleans and that it is similar to one that hobbled him in 2011. Timing made all the difference this go around.
Because the foot flared up early in the year, Helu was shut down whereas he was able to push through last year because he was injured in Week 12.
“The damage would be up there if I kept playing on it,” he said.
The Redskins signed veteran Ryan Grant to fill the vacant roster spot.
Grant started 14 games for the Green Bay Packers last season, rushing for 559 yards and two touchdowns on 134 carries.
He originally signed with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame in 2005.
Grant’s career began to flourish after signing with the Packers in 2007. He posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2008 and 2009, but saw his 2010 campaign cut short by an ankle injury in the season opener.