The Redskins are reeling from a number of injuries that are necessitating a shake-up of their roster.
Besides RB Clinton Portis re-aggravating a groin injury in Sunday's 19-16 overtime win over Tennessee, which may cause him to miss the rest of the season, a number of Redskins were either injured in Sunday's game or missed the game because of injury.
Head coach Mike Shanahan said he was "98 percent certain" that SS LaRon Landry (Achilles tendon) would miss next Sunday's game against Minnesota, and he said he was unsure about the availability of CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring). Starting C Casey Rabach suffered a second-degree tear in his right knee, OLB Lorenzo Alexander hurt his hamstring, and OG Derrick Dockery injured his knee.
Shanahan indicated that RB Ryan Torain (hamstring) probably won't play in the Vikings game, in addition to Portis not being available. On Monday the Redskins promoted RB James Davis from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Davis was drafted by Cleveland in the sixth round of the 2009 draft and saw limited action this season before the Browns released him in October. Washington added him to its practice squad Oct. 27.
Rookie S Anderson Russell and RB-KR Chad Simpson were placed on injured reserve Monday. Simpson suffered a broken foot in pregame warm-ups at Tennessee on Sunday, and Russell, an undrafted rookie, tore a knee ligament during a first-quarter punt return.
Shanahan said the team would sign a safety to fill its open roster spot.
The way we see it
The injury to Portis and the likely absence of Torain, coupled with Simpson going on I.R., have left the Redskins with almost no depth at running back. If Shanahan's injury forecasts are correct, rookie RB Keiland Williams will get the majority of touches in the Vikings game. Davis is a one-cut runner who fits Shanahan's offensive scheme well, so he would likely play some snaps, as well.
Williams could put up some decent numbers if he gets the majority of touches, as expected, although Torain would likely regain the starting job once he's healthy enough.