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Redskins sign RB Ryan Grant, place RB Roy Helu Jr. on IR

The Redskins agreed to terms with free agent running back Ryan Grant today, according to various reports.

Grant will likely bolster the depth chart at running back behind Alfred Morris, who is firmly entrenched as the team’s starter, and currently 9th in the NFL in total rushing yards.

Grant indicated his familiarity with the zone blocking scheme run by Mike Shanahan and company, along with the opportunity to play alongside star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, helped say his decision to sign with the Redskins (i’m sure that being unemployed before today, and finally having an opportunity to earn a paycheck after remaining unsigned through training camp, also had something to do with it).

The need for depth presented itself as the team placed running back Roy Helu Jr. on injured reserve, due to a turf toe injury. Helu has only carried the ball twice this season (he was more involved in the passing game), and indicated that he’s been dealing with the turf toe since week one of the regular season. Helu also said that the injury to his Achilles tendon, which limited his preseason practice and playing time, was also still bothering him.

Helu is the third key starter from the 2011 Redskins team to be placed on injured reserve during the 2012 regular season, joining Brian Orakpo and Adam Carriker.

It would not be surprising at all if Grant saw some playing time in this Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers, as back up running back Evan Royster is also dealing with injuries.

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