By Tarik El-Bashir
Ryan Grant said he wasn't surprised that he was inactive for Sunday’s game in Tampa, but the Redskins running back expects to be more involved in practice this week and suit up against Atlanta.
Grant, a former two-time 1,200 yard rusher in Green Bay, was signed last Tuesday after the team placed second-year tailback Roy Helu Jr. on season-ending injured reserve.
“I was told I would be a game-time decision,” Grant said. “Coach [Mike Shanahan] said he was comfortable with what I did during the week and that I knew the [playbook]. But I guess body-wise they needed tackles and [players at other positions.]”
Grant said an extra week of preparation will help him be thoroughly prepared face a Falcons’ defense that’s yielding only 19 points per game but is susceptible against the run. Atlanta’s rushing defense ranks 29th, having permitted 585 yards in four games.
“I was prepared to play [against the Buccaneers],” Grant said. “But I’ll take the extra week.”
It remains unclear how Grant will be deployed, but the 29-year-old veteran is strong in pass protection, an able receiver and figures to bolster a Redskins’ ground game that’s leading the league in rusher yards per game with 175.5.
“I know I’ll be more involved,” Grant said.