COMMENTARY | This weekend, the Washington Redskins have a very crucial NFC East matchup with their rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. They will need all the pieces of the puzzle if they want to win, will they have Alfred Morris?
In the second half against the Oakland Raiders in the Redskins' Week 4 victory, Morris suffered a rib injury which forced him out of the game. Following the game, test results showed no broken ribs and that they were simply bruised. Morris told reporters that they felt "a little tender, but nothing serious."
After Morris went down, running back Roy Helu Jr. finished off the game in the backfield and played well. He had 13 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown as well as two receptions for 43 yards. While I'm sure most would prefer Morris, Helu is no slouch and can certainly fill the void.
However, don't expect to see more Helu than Morris this weekend. Ever since the test results came back, there really hasn't been much discussion regarding Morris' injury. Last Monday, most were confident that he would be ready to go against Dallas and the bye week certainly gives them even more confidence. If you're thinking about starting Morris on your fantasy team, you should be good to go on the injury front.
Morris is an important part of this Redskins offense. His powerful running style is great on short yardage plays and he and Robert Griffin III have an understanding in the backfield on the read option since they've run it so much together. He helps to balance out the offense and always seems to find a yard or two extra on every play. He's a battering ram with the ball in his hands and always finishes going down field. While the rest of the team has struggled, you can't question his effort and his contribution to the team.
Against the Cowboys this coming Sunday, the Redskins will need all that effort and then some from Morris. Dallas will prove to be a tough test and Washington will need Morris to balance out the offense and keep the Cowboys' defense on their heals.
Brian Skinnell is a contributor for RantSports.com and Yahoo Sports. You can follow him on Twitter, @Brian_Skinnell.
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