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Ryan Torain likely to miss next two preseason games

After initially being diagnosed with a “seven to 10 days” time frame to recover from a fractured bone in his left hand, it looks like Ryan Torain will miss the Redskins third preseason game (Thursday, August 25th, vs. Baltimore), in addition to this Friday’s match up vs. Indianapolis.

Torain’s cast on his injured hand has been removed, but he’s still being held out of team drills. He fielded some punts and come some passes during practice, and while he’s officially listed as “day-to-day,” head coach Mike Shanahan indicated that a realistic time frame for his on-field debut will be in the team’s preseason finale on September 1st, versus Tampa Bay.

Given this fact, as well as recently-acquired running back Tim Hightower’s performance last week versus Pittsburgh, things don’t look too good for Torain, as far as keeping a hold on the starting running back job for the Redskins. The offensive coaching staff – namely, both Shanahan’s – haven’t been shy when talking about what a good fit Hightower is for this offense. Mike Shanahan also mentioned early in camp that the biggest knock on Torain is simply his inability to stay healthy.

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