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Samaje Perine in walking boot, Redskins to work out running backs

August 18, 2018

ASHBURN Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Saturday there is a “strong possibility” the team adds another running back after the organization’s recent run of injuries at the position.

The Redskins will host a number of free agent running backs on Sunday for a workout, though Gruden did not specify who the team plans to bring in.

“We’re steady making moves and we have a workout tomorrow,” Gruden said. “We’ll take a look at some other guys.”

During Thursday’s game against the New York Jets, running backs Samaje Perine, Byron Marshall and Martez Carter were all hurt. Perine (ankle) was seen in a walking boot Saturday on his left foot and will reportedly miss a week or two, though Gruden did not confirm that timeline.

Gruden also did not say how long Marshall (lower leg) will be out, but the NFL Network reported the back will miss 2-4 weeks.

Carter, meanwhile, was waived Saturday with an injury designation. The undrafted free agent, who led the Redskins in rushing with 45 yards against the Jets, suffered a leg injury.

As a result of the injuries, the Redskins had just three healthy running backs Chris Thompson, Kapri Bibbs and starter Rob Kelley at practice.

Washington, of course, is also without second-rounder Derrius Guice, who suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 1 against the New England Patriots.

“I mean, that means more opportunities for other guys,” Bibbs said. “At the same time, we’ve got to hold it down for the squad, you know? You’ve got a couple of guys banged up right now. But you know, me, Rob and Chris obviously are going to push through that and take those opportunities and take them with grace and make the most of it.”

Veterans Adrian Peterson, Eddie Lacy and Jamaal Charles are among the running backs still on the market.

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