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Ryan Torain could start Sunday

12/10/2010

When we last heard from Washington Redskins running back Ryan Torain, he was having a pretty decent season. But he suffered an injury against the Detroit Lions in Week 8 and hasn't returned to the lineup since. Now the man with the lingering hamstring issues is set to return as a starter Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Torain still leads the Redskins in rushing (391), which speaks to how much they've struggled in that area. I think Torain has a huge opportunity in the last four games of the season to prove to coach Mike Shanahan that he could part of the team's future. If Torain suffers another setback from a physical standpoint, I don't think he'll be around next season.

He obviously has some talent, but he's never been able to remain healthy in the league for an extended period of time. The Skins will have to look to the draft for help in the running game because it's unlikely that Clinton Portis will return in 2011. And even if he's healthy, Shanahan can't afford to enter another season with question marks at this position.