When 23-year old Roy Helu has waddled around the locker room after his first four starts for the Redskins, he looks like a man three times his age, each step more painful than the last.
But two days after he was unable to finish the Redskins’ 23-10 win over the Giants, Helu’s health had improved. He’s nursing knee and toe injuries plus a right eye shiner sustained when he lost his helmet during a play.
“It’s mental toughness,” Helu said Wednesday morning. “You just have to fight through that stuff.”
Helu has carried 96 times the last four games, a workload he didn’t match at Nebraska.
“It comes with the job,” he said of the nicks. “Obviously, you don’t want to be in that situation but it was really great we came out with the victory so that felt a lot better.”
Asked what NFL Sore is like compared to College Sore, Helu said: “At Nebraska, we had a to run a lot the day after the game so I don’t know if I could do that running again.”
The black eye was serving as a badge of honor for Helu, whose streak of three consecutive 100-yard games was snapped Sunday.
“I didn’t see it in the mirror; I didn’t want to look,” he said. “My girlfriend asked for a picture so I saw it when I sent it. It looked pretty cool.”
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