Marshall carted off with knee injury
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.