COMMENTARY | During the Washington Redskins' Week 4 victory over the Oakland Raiders, running back Alfred Morris was forced to leave the game abruptly in the third quarter. According to a recent report, the Redskins' workhorse suffered a rib contusion.
Serving as the team's battering ram at running back, the Redskins' offense is at its best when Morris is constantly getting opportunities to bowl over the opposition.
Dating back to last year, the Redskins are an impressive 8-1 in games when Morris carries the ball at least twenty times. Accumulating 16 carries and 71 yards against the Raiders, Morris was well on his way to the magical twenty-carry mark when his injury unfortunately occurred.
Morris was replaced in the lineup by the speedy Roy Helu Jr., who immediately made his presence felt as he totaled 84 yards combined running and catching the football. Helu's 14-yard touchdown run capped off the Redskins' first win of the season.
After bursting onto the scene with 640 yards rushing and 49 receptions as a rookie in 2011, Helu's been limited by nagging injuries that caused him to be a spectator for the majority of the 2012 campaign. Now that he's finally healthy again, Helu's ready to contribute when his number's called, as he did in Week 4.
If Morris misses any time, Helu will be the recipient of the bulk of the team's rushing attempts while also occasionally contributing as a sneaky safety valve for Robert Griffin III and the team's passing game.
Even upon the return of Morris to the lineup, Helu's speed and playmaking abilities should start to earn him additional opportunities to touch the football. With Morris serving as the punishing anvil and Helu as the threat to take it to the house on any given carry, the Redskins have the makings of their own thunder-and-lightning duo.
As for Morris, his injury couldn't have happened at a better time. With the Redskins' bye week looming on the immediate horizon, Morris will have an additional week to prepare for the team's upcoming divisional battle against the Dallas Cowboys.
Drexel Perry's a freelance writer who recently moved back to the Washington D.C. area. For additional football talk, follow him on Twitter @DrexelPerry.
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