Royster hopes to play Thursday

Royster hopes to play Thursday
August 26, 2013, 3:00 pm
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With cuts looming, what will Redskins do in the backfield?

Redskins running back Evan Royster says he hopes to suit up Thursday in Tampa after missing last week’s preseason game because of a sprained left ankle.

“It’s not really that bad,” Royster said Monday. “I just couldn’t really put my foot in the ground and cut, so they decided to keep me out on Saturday. Hopefully, I’ll be able go Thursday."

He later added: "I sure hope so.”

Indeed, Royster is feeling the heat of an intense battle at running back. Alfred Morris is the unquestioned starter and Roy Helu Jr. seems to be pulling away for the change of pace job. That leaves one or two spots available for tailbacks – and Royster, Keiland Williams, Chris Thompson and Jawan Jamison are eyeing those jobs. Williams ranks second behind Helu in rushing yards with 102

“It’s going to come down to whoever the coaches feel can get the job done,” Royster said. “It’s hard to tell right now because everybody is playing well. We wanted to make the decision hard on the coaches. It’s a competition. If someone else is doing good, you have to do better than them.”

Royster was injured last week in practice while taking a handoff.

“It was kind of freak thing,” he said. “There was no contact. I just drop-stepped to go and I felt a little pop in my ankle and it just hurt. I was getting the ball, but it actually happened before I even got it.”

Royster said he expected to practice in a limited capacity Monday afternoon.

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