Mar­shall carted off with knee in­jury

The Washington Post Sunday - - REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP - — Mike Jones

Red­skins sec­ond-year run­ning back Keith Mar­shall had to be carted off the field dur­ing prac­tice Satur­day af­ter­noon with what looked to be a se­ri­ous knee in­jury that left team­mates and coaches shaken. Coach Jay Gruden had just spo­ken highly of Mar­shall, who missed all of last sea­son with an el­bow in­jury and is kind of a for­got­ten man be­hind Rob Kel­ley, Chris Thomp­son, Sa­maje Per­ine, Mack Brown and Matt Jones on the depth chart. But Mar­shall has worked hard and had some nice runs while also dis­play­ing a will­ing­ness and abil­ity to con­trib­ute on spe­cial teams.

“Keith Mar­shall’s flashed a lit­tle bit from his in­jury, com­ing back,” Gruden said. “I think peo­ple are sleep­ing on him a lit­tle bit.”

Mar­shall was on his way to flash­ing again Satur­day when he ran to the out­side, made one move to lose a de­fender, then a sec­ond to find more day­light. As he darted up­field, Mar­shall went down when his right leg got clipped by a de­fender.

Team­mates went to help him up, un­aware any­thing was wrong. But Mar­shall winced in pain, grabbed his knee and was un­able to move it. Train­ers had to call for the cart, and they im­me­di­ately put Mar­shall’s knee in a brace. Mar­shall’s in­jury his­tory in­cludes a torn an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in the same knee in col­lege. Team­mates Trent Wil­liams and Ver­non Davis tried to of­fer en­cour­age­ment, but Mar­shall looked dev­as­tated as he yanked off his gloves and slumped on the cart.

Doc­tors still were run­ning tests on Mar­shall an hour later, and the Red­skins had no fur­ther up­date.

Ear­lier, Thomp­son talked about what it has been like to be the vet­eran run­ning back on the team. The fifth-round pick in the 2013 draft is en­ter­ing his fifth NFL sea­son.

“It’s very weird. It turned around. It was a quick turn­around with Al­fred [Mor­ris] and [full­back Dar­rel Young] leav­ing so soon. I thought I would be here with [them] a long time. Be­ing 26 as the old guy, it’s just weird. But it’s also fun. I’ve grown a lot as a player and per­son and as a man. I’m just try­ing to help these guys out with things on and off the field, with their girl­friends or re­la­tion­ships. It’s awe­some for me.”

Thomp­son said he worked dur­ing the off­sea­son to get stronger and quicker.

“I just had a feel­ing that I may get a lit­tle more op­por­tu­nity this year,” Thomp­son said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.