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Update: Redskins RB workouts today: Orleans Darkwa, Lenard Tillery, Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson scheduled for visits

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Injuries have taken their toll on the Redskins RB depth

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UPDATE: Add Adrian Peterson to the list of visits

UPDATE: Orleans Darkwa unlikely to sign with Redskins?

The Redskins have not had much luck keeping their running backs healthy in the preseason this year. They lost 2nd round draft pick Derrius Guice in the first game due to a torn ACL. The 2nd game saw three more RBs go down with injury. Martez Carter was waived/injured due to a leg injury. Samaje Perine will reportedly miss at least a week, with an ankle sprain and had a boot on his left foot at yesterday's practice. And Byron Marshall also sprained his ankle and will reportedly miss 2-4 weeks.

This means the Redskins are down to Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs as their only "fully" healthy backs, with Chris Thompson still not playing in a game since a broken leg ended his season last year. Jay Gruden said yesterday the team would likely bring in some RBs for tryouts today.

The names started being reported last night, and former Giants RB Orleans Darkwa was the first one leaked. He reportedly finished his solo workout already. The second name was Lenard Tillery, an UDFA last year who spent the year on IR with the Rams.

The latest name to come up is one Alex Smith will be very familiar with. Former Kansas Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is 31, but looking to play another season. Charles has dealt with knee issues(ACL, meniscus) the last few seasons. He signed a 1-year deal with the Broncos last year, but only had 296 yards rushing with 1 TD and 123 yards receiving. Does he have anything left. and is he really worth a shot at this point?

"Personally, I think Darkwa is a solid fit for the Redskins’ power running scheme. He’s only 26 with limited wear-and-tear in the NFL, and averaged 4.4 yards per carry last year behind an atrocious Giants’ offensive line. He’s solidly built at 6-0, 210lbs and runs well between the tackles. Another Tulane alum, Darkwa profiles to me as a better version of Rob Kelley." ~ Aaron Lesher

One free agent who is not coming in for a visit for now? Adrian Peterson.

Poll

Who should the Redskins sign at RB?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Orleans Darkwa
    (648 votes)
  • 4%
    Lenard Tillery
    (71 votes)
  • 14%
    Jamaal Charles
    (234 votes)
  • 29%
    Adrian Peterson
    (467 votes)
  • 5%
    A different RB
    (81 votes)
  • 4%
    Stick with who is on the roster
    (75 votes)
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