Redskins running back Roy Helu Jr. said Monday he’s been placed on season-ending injured reserve because of a persistent case of turf toe. The move created a roster spot for veteran Ryan Grant, who was signed Sunday night.
“I’m at really at peace with whatever decision was made – and I found out a couple of hours ago that it was IR,” Helu said.
Helu had been battling two sore Achilles’ tendons since training camp. But recently turf toe became more of an issue for the second year player, who left FedEx Field sporting a immobilizer boot on his left foot after Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. Helu made three receptions in the defeat.
“It’s a couple things: throughout the practice week this season, I wasn’t able to practice full speed, so I was hampered mentally [because] everything is a little bit faster [in games] because I wasn’t going through reps on the [practice] field,” Helu said. “And really just putting stuff on film that’s not yourself. Physically it was really painful, but it takes a toll mentally because you can’t focus.”
After showing promise as a rookie, Helu entered training camp battling Evan Royster, Tim Hightower and Alfred Morris for playing time. Helu, however, was limited much of the preseason because of the Achilles’ injury as Morris seized the starting job.
In three games, Helu had two carries for two yards and seven receptions for 45 yards.
Helu said it’s going to be difficult to watch the final 13 games from the sidelines. But he also acknowledged that it was the best decision for him and his teammates.
“Rest is a big thing for this injury,” Helu said. “It’s just one of those things you can’t be explosive on. I’m basically missing a whole season. But this is the best thing for me and the team and the coaches.”