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Turf toe ends Roy Helu’s season

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The Washington Redskins have announced that running back Roy Helu will miss the remainder of the 2012 season. Helu was placed on injured reserve due to a “lower leg” ailment believed to be turf toe.

As previously passed along, Ryan Grant was signed to take his place.

Although Helu showed impressive burst, acceleration, and all-purpose running back tools during his 2011 rookie year, he was dogged by injuries late in the season and could not shake the injury bug in what amounted to a brief second season. Helu was used primarily as a passing-down back behind Alfred Morris in Washington’s first three games.

The Redskins will ride Morris, Evan Royster, and Grant at tailback for the foreseeable future.

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10 Responses to “Turf toe ends Roy Helu’s season”
  1. genaro1331 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:45 AM

    More accurate report… which would have been topical about three weeks ago…. “Report: Alfred Morris ends Roy Helu’s season”

  2. skeebo80 says: Sep 27, 2012 7:53 AM

    No Tim Hightower instead?

  3. redskinpotatoes says: Sep 27, 2012 8:01 AM

    Very sad. The kid is a beast when he’s healthy (and actually given a chance.)

  4. rg3enoughsaid says: Sep 27, 2012 8:05 AM

    There is no way Helu is that hurt to IR him and sign Grant off the street… especially with DY there as a serviceable emergency 4rd RB for a couple weeks.. as a RB, shanny feels he can prob. replace you anyways, so you better be nice to him and stay out his dog house ;)

  5. geauxjay says: Sep 27, 2012 8:09 AM

    The Redskins are hardly the only team that does this, but when exactly did teams begin to abuse the “injured” reserve list so blatantly and just use it as an extension of the practice squad? A guy gets a minor injury but you don’t want to get rid of him because you know somebody will claim him 5 minutes after you release him? Simple–shut him down for the season even though he will be ready the second week of October!

  6. pottymouth777 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:14 AM

    Helu has a great story and is a favorite of mine. He is one of the “good guys” in the NFL.

    Wish him a strong recovery…

  7. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 27, 2012 8:17 AM

    If this guy could stay healthy, he’d be fantastic….same old story in the NFL, I suppose…

  8. skinsfaninnebraska says: Sep 27, 2012 8:45 AM

    That’s too bad about Helu. I was looking forward to seeing him make a big difference on the field this year. He is a talented back and a good teammate, and I hope he can heal up and be back full speed next year.

  9. jwreck says: Sep 27, 2012 4:35 PM

    With the refs taken care of, the NFL’s next No. 1 priority needs to be coming up with a manlier name for turf toe. Turf toe is actually a really annoying and painful injury, but to those who haven’t seen/experienced it, it just kind of sounds like something a five year old would complain about. It needs a name that will justify players missing time for it, something nasty like “recurring plantar mutilation syndrome” or “compound subdermal dislodgement”. Come on PFT, let’s get some suggestions and pass them along to Roger Goodell. Because apparently he’s everybody’s hero now…?

  10. walter0247 says: Sep 27, 2012 5:36 PM

    well turf toe is basically spraining the ligaments in your toe. he coulda tore it, you never know.

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