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RB Ryan Torain out 7-10 days due to fractured left hand

Running back Ryan Torain, the presumed incumbent starter at the position heading into the 2010 position, suddenly doesn’t have such a stranglehold on said starting job anymore. First, the Redskins acquire Tim Hightower from the Cardinals to compete with Torain in camp, and now a fracture in his left hand will keep him out for likely over a week.

Head coach Mike Shanahan told reporters today that Torain had surgery to insert four screws into the third metacarpal in his left hand, which will likely keep him out for the next 7-10 days. Torain suffered the injury during an 11-on-11 scrimmage on Wednesday morning. X-Rays taken immediately after confirmed the fracture.

This has to be frustrating for not only Torain, but for Redskins fans as well. Torain showed flashes of being a great fit for the Redskins offense, as he led the team with 742 yards and four touchdowns in 2010. His hard-charging, one-cut-and-go running style fit right into the zone blocking scheme the Shanahan’s like to employ, but injuries have always seemed to be Torain’s Achilles Heel (no pun intended) since his days at Arizona State. Torain missed four games in 2010 as well due a strained hamstring, and the Redskins running game really suffered during his absence.

Hightower and rookie Roy Helu – the latter of whom is having a heck of a camp to date – will be taking the first-team snaps while Torain is out. There are those who believe that Helu is having a good enough camp that he has a legitimate chance of taking the starting job from Torain or Hightower. Torain’s injury also means that guys like Evan Royster and James Davis will see more snaps as well.

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