Tarik El-Bashir breaks down all things Redskins for Dallas Week
Alfred Morris says his bruised ribs are no longer a concern and he’ll be in the lineup when the Redskins face the Cowboys on Sunday night.
“All is well with me,” he said before practice on Wednesday.
“There are some remnants of it,” Morris continued. “But it’s nothing serious, nothing that will hinder me out there playing, so I’m not worried about it.”
Morris, who left the Oakland game in the third quarter after he twisted awkwardly and a Raiders’ defender landed on him, said he’ll experiment with different types of torso padding this week in practice.
“It’s annoying,” Morris said of wearing additional padding. “I really don’t want to do anything. But it’s a precaution. They want me to do it, so I’ve been trying different padding and stuff.”
When the second-year running back was forced to the sideline against the Raiders, it marked only the second time he was sidelined due to injury -- in his life. The other time came at Florida Atlantic, the result of an ankle injury.
“It sucked,” he said. “That was only the second time I didn’t finish a game. I always finish games. I hope it never happens again.”
Through four games this season, Morris has 296 yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries. A year ago, he had 376 yards and four touchdowns on 82 carries during the same time period.
The reason for the drop off, Morris said, has been the result of trailing early in games, not opposing defenses keying on him.
“Every week our offense is getting better,” Morris said. “We haven’t been able to run our offense because we haven’t been doing great on third downs. When you really look at it, we’ve been behind on the scoreboard you have to pass more so I haven’t had as many carries as I had last year.”
He added: “As long as we’re winning, I [couldn’t] care less. I’m going to do my part regardless.”
In the Redskins’ two victories over the Cowboys last season, Morris rushed for a total of 313 and four touchdowns. Asked if he expects that Dallas’ defenders “will be coming after” him, Morris said it would be a mistake to focus solely on stopping him.
“They are going to game plan for all of us; they can’t just focus on one person,” he said. “My ribs are fine, by the way. If they want to take shots at me, that’s fine. I’m not going to look forward to that. But if they do, it’s part of the game. I’m not worried about it, though. They can’t just key on one person. If they do, that would be a mistake.”