The Redskins will have dynamic returner Brandon Banks and RB Ryan Torain, but reportedly will be without RB Clinton Portis for their Monday-night game vs. the Eagles.
A source told NFL Network that Banks is scheduled to play after undergoing knee surgery on Nov. 3. Portis, who is recovering from a groin injury, is slated to be inactive, and Torain (hamstring) has been cleared to play, according to the source. Torain likely will start.
The Redskins trail the Eagles by one game in the NFC East. Banks, a rookie out of Kansas State, is gaining 27.3 yards per kickoff return and has a 96-yard TD. He also gains 13.8 yards per punt return.
Torain leads the team with 391 rushing yards and three TDs. He has started four games in Portis' absence.
The way we see it
The Redskins were hoping to have Portis back from injury, but should feel lucky that Torain is healthy enough to play. Having both of them in the backfield should help the offense as Torain has a couple 100-yard games. Banks brings the team some electricity on returns and can help them win the field-position battle.
Torain owners can breathe a sigh of relief as Torain not only will start, but get the majority of the carries with Portis still out.