Redskins fullback Darrel Young’s bid to return from a lingering hamstring injury was cut short Sunday in Atlanta. Now it’s unclear when he’ll play again.
“We sat him down for two and a half, three weeks,” Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday at Redskins Park. “Usually that’s plenty of time to get a hamstring back [healthy]. …He set himself back a little” against the Falcons.
Young missed the previous three games and left the Atlanta contest in the second quarter after aggravating the injury. The 26-year-old has had a history of hamstring injuries during his four-year career.
“I’m hoping it’s not as serious as it was before,” Shanahan said. “We’ll test him out here over the next couple of days and get a better feel for him.”
Running back Alfred Morris probably also hopes it’s not a serious setback. Before Young’s injury, Morris gained 6.8 yards per carry on nine attempts against the Falcons, including a 37-yarder. Young made a key block on safety Zeke Motta to spring Morris.
After Young’s injury, though, Morris’ average dropped to 4.8 yards per carry on his final nine attempts in the Redskins’ 27-26 defeat at the Georgia Dome.
“It’s a big loss,” said Morris, who also praised tight end Logan Paulsen for filling in after Young got hurt. “When [Young] is in there, it just seems like everything clicks. He’s so knowledgeable about the offense. But this if football [and] injuries happen.”