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Roy Helu expects to be healthy for training camp

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It feels like it was a lot more than two years ago, but there was a time in the recent past when Roy Helu was the shining star of the Redskins running game.

Alfred Morris pretty much shattered that brief moment upon arrival in 2012 and Helu dropped totally off the radar because of a foot injury that cost him all but two games of the season. He had surgery on that foot in February and says he expects to be ready to go when training camp starts this summer. That will likely be vital to his chances of remaining on the roster.

The Redskins drafted a pair of running backs last month, a clear signal that jobs are open in the backfield. Helu understands the moves and the situation.

“I can’t control that, and I can’t blame them,” Helu said, via Zac Boyer of the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. “I got into the procedure late, so you’ve got to plan [for the future]. I don’t blame our organization at all.”

Fifth-round pick Chris Thompson profiles as a similar change-of-pace option to Morris, although Thompson’s coming off an ACL tear and may not be ready to go full speed right away. If he isn’t, it would seem to help Helu or it could also cause the Redskins to revisit things with Tim Hightower.

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13 Responses to “Roy Helu expects to be healthy for training camp”
  1. geniusesq says: May 27, 2013 12:40 PM

    Way. Too. Fragile.

  2. blackqbwhiterb says: May 27, 2013 1:01 PM

    If he can stay healthy, & thats a big If, this kid can play, really be productive… I guess we’ll see!

  3. unbiasfan says: May 27, 2013 1:05 PM

    The first Asian RB in the NFL?

  4. deathonwings410 says: May 27, 2013 1:12 PM

    Doesn’t matter who they have at RB, RG3 demands so much attention that their RBs will go will wild any way.

  5. tdurdenlives says: May 27, 2013 2:14 PM

    Helu excels on the outside and has soft hands, which I think would make him a great change of pace to Morris.

    I hope he makes the roster. If he doesn’t, I expect him to get a look from the other teams.

  6. skinsfan91 says: May 27, 2013 2:28 PM

    I’m really hoping Chris Thompson works. Darren Sproles type athlete.

  7. nightofthehipple says: May 27, 2013 3:05 PM

    I don’t think he makes the Redskins this year, but he will succeed in a rotation somewhere. Giants perhaps?

  8. mattyk72 says: May 27, 2013 5:17 PM

    If he can stay healthy all summer I think Helu is the #2 and Royster is the odd man out. Thompson and Jamison will battle it out for the #3 with the loser ending up on the practice squad.

  9. boyshole25 says: May 27, 2013 6:07 PM

    This kid is better than Morris

  10. larrydavid7000 says: May 27, 2013 7:21 PM

    A great 3 down back and that will be huge.

  11. commonsensedude says: May 27, 2013 10:42 PM

    I really like Morris, Helu and Royster. I hope there’s a way we can keep all of those guys on the roster. One of those guys has to be able to return punts or something if we’re overstocked with running backs.

  12. lagg1 says: May 29, 2013 2:46 PM

    All of them better pass block or Griffin will have to screw his leg back on-

  13. thirdistheworrd says: May 29, 2013 3:39 PM

    geniusesq says: May 27, 2013 12:40 PM

    Way. Too. Fragile.
    _______
    One. Career. Injury.
    IR. Frees. A. Roster. Spot.
    Educate. Yourself.

    wait, is that a haiku? I am so accidentally talented.

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