The Redskins hoped Roy Helu could provide a change of pace in their backfield this season. He just couldn’t stay away from nagging injuries.
Now his season is over. The Redskins placed Helu on injured reserve after signing veteran running back Ryan Grant. Helu never seemed right and missed time this summer with sore Achilles’ tendons in both feet. He sprained his left big toe in the season opener at New Orleans and that’s what ultimately ended his season. Helu suffered a turf toe last season that took about three months recovery time.
“He has been fighting through a lot of pain,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “He has gotten shots every game and he said this felt much worse than the one he had last year.”
It bothered Helu constantly.
“I couldn’t practice this season full speed, so you’re hampered mentally,” Helu said. “Everything’s faster because you’re not going through reps on the field and then you’re really just putting stuff on [film] that’s not yourself. Physically it was really painful. It takes a toll mentally and you can’t really focus.”
Helu carried twice for two yards and caught seven passes for 45 yards this season. He said the biggest prescription right now is rest. The Redskins informed him of their decision Wednesday morning.
“I want to get to the point where I don’t have a hitch in my step or I don’t have to think about it when playing football,” Helu said. “A lot of guys play with that and it’s part of the business in the NFL. When it gets to the point where it’s almost unmanageable, then a decisions like this have to be made.”
Meanwhile, running back Evan Royster said his right knee is feeling better and he’s optimistic about playing Sunday at Tampa Bay.