By Tarik El-Bashir
Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr., who missed practice on Monday due to tendinitis in his left Achilles’, said Tuesday that the injury is not a major concern.
“I’m not concerned about it,” Helu said. “It’s just something I have to deal with.”
Helu wants to be patient with this latest setback. But the second-year player knows he can’t afford to miss too much time given that he’s locked in a four-way battle with Evan Royster, Tim Hightower and late-emerging rookie Alfred Morris.
“I wish circumstances were better,” said Helu, who rushed four times for 17 years in Buffalo on Thursday. “But I also know that this is just the hand I was dealt. I just have to do my best to get it fully healthy before getting out there, because I don’t want to carrying things over into the next week.”
Helu missed two games last season with toe and knee injuries and was sidelined during OTAs with a pulled hamstring.
The Achilles’ injury “is kind of out of nowhere,” he said. “I’ve had it in the past, so I started feeling it last year. But it was nothing to this extreme.”
On Monday, Mike Shanahan hinted that Helu needs to incorporate more stretching into his pre-practice routine. Helu agreed with his coach’s assessment.
“Definitely,” Helu said. “When I pulled my hamstring this spring, I saw that was something I needed to do a lot more of. It’s something I do after practice a whole lot, but prior to practice I haven’t done much.”