By Rich Tandler
According to media reports, the Redskins have released running back Ryan Torain and have promoted wide receiver Aldrick Robinson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster.
Torain was the team's leading rusher last year with 742 yards. This year he rushed for 200 yards on 59 carries.
He saw his first action of the season in the Redskins’ fourth game of the season against the Rams. Torain burst out of the gate with a 135-yard, 1 touchdown performance in that game.
But in the 11 games since then he gained just 65 yards on 40 carries. The handwriting seemed to be on the wall over the past several weeks, as he did not play in four straight games before getting four carries against the Vikings last Saturday.
Torain had a reputation for being injury prone. He missed time last year with a hamstring injury and he missed most of training camp and three preseason games with a broken hand. He was healthy for the regular season but he played in just 146 of the team’s 998 offensive snaps (14.6 percent). In seven games he was either inactive or didn’t play a single snap.
It seems that Robinson has confirmed his promotion by Twitter. On his account, he tweeted:
@AldrickRobinson: When you work on your patience, good things will work out for you
Robinson was a sixth-round pick (178 overall) of the Redskins in the 2011 draft. He was released in the final cuts in early September and he has been on the practice squad ever since.
Robinson has good speed but in training camp it appeared that he needed a lot of polish before he could contribute.
If Robinson has been moved up, a corresponding move needs to be made to remove a player from the 53-man roster.