ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Niles Paul returned to Redskins Park Monday after missing nearly a week due to an unspecified illness.
Paul was unable to attended any team meetings for at least two days last week and had been advised by doctors to stay home and get some rest.
Paul started at fullback in place of Darrel Young (hamstring) against the San Francisco 49ers, but did not play in Sunday’s loss to the New York Giants.
With both Young and Paul sidelined for Washington’s final primetime game of the year, the Redskins used Evan Royster as a third option at fullback.
“When you lose both of your fullbacks it’s a little bit different,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “We weren’t sure about Niles until the day before, and (Young) we were hoping there was a chance. So when you lose your fullbacks it does put you in a different type of one-dimensional game.”
Ergo, fewer carries were to be had for Alfred Morris who was being keyed upon by New York’s defense.