The Washington Redskins' signing of veteran running back Ryan Grant was, as it turns out, an injury-replacement move. Backup running back Roy Helu is going on season-ending injured reserve because of turf toe and Achilles problems, and fellow backup Evan Royster injured his knee in Sunday's game against the Bengals. So it's possible Grant, who has zone-blocking run game experience from his time in Green Bay, will be the primary backup to rookie starter Alfred Morris as early as this week. And yes, it's also possible he could take over as the starter at some point this season if Morris gets hurt or struggles. The Redskins are second in the league in rushing offense so far, but 39 percent of their rushing yards belong to rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. It makes sense that they would seek to add a healthy player to their backfield to help take some of the load off Morris and Griffin in the run game.
Some other injury-related NFC East news from the early part of the day Wednesday:
Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin is practicing today after missing last week's game with a hip injury. It's the first Wednesday practice for Maclin since the season started, so there's reason to believe the Eagles when they say he's making progress and expected to play Sunday night against the New York Giants.
Dallas Cowboys safety Gerald Sensabaugh says he's expecting to play Monday night against the Bears after missing last week's game with a calf injury. But nose tackle Jay Ratliff, center Phil Costa and punter Chris Jones all missed Wednesday's practice with injuries.
Giants coach Tom Coughlin said running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who missed last week's game with a neck injury, would start Sunday night's game in Philadelphia, but that backup Andre Brown has earned himself a larger role. Wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, linebacker Keith Rivers and cornerback Jayron Hosley missed Wednesday's practice, though missing Wednesday's practice is part of Nicks' pain-management plan for his foot, and he is expected to play Sunday.
Got nothing for you at this time on Redskins tackle Trent Williams or wide receiver Pierre Garcon, as the Redskins' injury news typically shows up later in the day on Wednesday. I promise, though, that I'll keep you posted. Redskins folks did seem optimistic after Sunday's game that they'd get injured safety Brandon Meriweather back for this week's game.