Lotsa shaking going on at Redskins Park this week. I thought it might be helpful to summarize in a single article the major stories in development now.
Redskin rookie running back Alfred Morris has been nominated for the Pepsi Max Rookie of the week award, an honor previously won 3 times this year by fellow teammate and phenom Robert Griffin III. Morris powered his way to 12o yards on 22 carries against the NFC leading Giants on Sunday. He leads all NFC rushers with a total of 658 yards and is behind by a single yard to Houston Texan Arian Foster for the NFL lead. Fans? Get over to nfl.com/rookies and vote for your running back today.
To continue with running back news, the team released recently acquired RB Ryan Grant to make room for free agent Keiland Williams. Most of you recall that Williams made the Redskins squad previously, but was released just prior to the start of the 2011 season. Williams was then picked up by Minnesota, who released him recently. Williams was perhaps at his most formidable as a receiver out of the backfield for the Redskins. In 2010, the LSU product produced a total of 39 receptions in 15 games played for a total of 309 yards including two touchdowns and 11 first downs. Not too terribly bad for an undrafted RB.
Tragically, Redskins leading receiver Fred Davis was lost for the season after the Giants game, with an Achilles tendon injury. Davis had surgery to repair the injury in North Carolina today. In an effort to shore up the tight end position the Skins re-signed fan favorite Chris Cooley. Cooley stated in an interview today he was “ready to play”.
Finally, Redskins pro bowl linebacker London Fletcher sustained a strain to the hamstring in the fourth quarter of the Giants game.