Jay Gruden: Rob Kelley is our first-string running back

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Matt Jones is off the injury report after missing Week Eight with a knee injury, but he’s not back into his role as the starting running back from the Redskins.

That was the message from coach Jay Gruden on Thursday. Earlier in the week, Gruden said he thought Rob Kelley would see a heavy workload this week after replacing Jones with the first team in London two weeks ago before making the pecking order in the backfield even clearer.

“Rob Kelley is our first-string running back,” Gruden said, via Master Tesfatsion of the Washington Post.

Kelley ran 21 times for 87 yards in Washington’s tie with Cincinnati after getting just 17 carries over the first seven weeks of the season. Jones had 99 carries for 460 yards, an increase of more than a yard from his rookie season, but has fumbled three times after losing the ball five times last year.