ASHBURN, Va. (CBSDC) — Returning to work hasn’t been easy for Niles Paul who lost eight pounds while battling an illness that kept him away from his Washington Redskins teammates last week.
Paul was ordered by doctors to stay away from Redskins Park while dealing with a nasty virus and symptoms that included migraines, body aches, chills, and dehydration.
Resuming normal workouts has been a challenge for the utility tight end and kick returner.
“I came up here Monday and I got an extra workout in. I worked out Tuesday just to try to get back in kind of football shape,” Paul said.
He was listed as having full participation Wednesday on the Redskins injury report. Following practice, the fatigue was evident as Paul sat on a wooden stool in front of his locker and spoke with members of the media.
“You really can’t back in shape until you actually get out there and start running around,” Paul said. “I definitely was a little tired.”
He is optimistic that he will be able to build back his strength and endurance by Sunday when the Redskins host the nine-win Kansas City Chiefs.
“I’ll be alright,” Paul said.
Paul started in place of Darrel Young (hamstring) at fullback against the San Francisco 49ers, but was unable to play in the loss to the New York Giants last Sunday. Evan Royster was used as a third option at the position in their absence.