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Redskins Release Torain, Promote Robinson

Posted Dec 28, 2011

The Redskins have released running back Ryan Torain. Taking Torain's place on the roster is wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick promoted from the practice squad.


The Redskins have released running back Ryan Torain, the team announced on Tuesday.

Taking Torain's place on the roster is practice squad wide receiver Aldrick Robinson, a 2011 sixth-round draft pick.

Torain's release ends a somewhat odd season for the third-year running back.

He entered the season expected to compete for the Redskins' starting job but he was slowed by a fractured hand suffered during training camp.

Finally at full health by Week 4, Torain turned in a strong performance against the St. Louis Rams. He rushed for 135 yards and one touchdown on 19 carries in the Redskins' 17-10 win at the Edward Jones Dome.

Torain struggled in the weeks that followed, though. He seemed to lack the ability to burst through holes.

Since that Week 4 contest, Torain played in seven games, with four starts, and posted just 40 carries for 65 yards, a 1.6 yards-per-carry average.

In the meantime, rookies Roy Helu and Evan Royster have emerged as productive running backs.

Head coach Mike Shanahan suggested earlier this week that Torain's sudden decline was due to a lack of consistency.

“It’s hard to say," Shanahan said. "But what you look for is consistency at every position. The people that are consistent get more opportunities. If you’re not consistent, you don’t get as many opportunities to show us what you can do. Ryan had a big game – that was one of the reasons why he has had a chance to get some reps."

"I think Helu has taken advantage of those opportunities more than Ryan has. Evan – this week against a pretty good defensive front – took advantage of an opportunity."

Robinson joins the Redskins' roster after spending the entire 2011 season on the practice squad.

The 5-10, 178-pound wide receiver saw limited action in preseason, returning two punts but fumbling both times.

Robinson played college football at SMU. He caught 181 passes for 3,314 yards – an impressive 18.3 yards-per-carry average – and 30 touchdowns in his college career.

The Redskins will head into this Sunday's season finale vs. Philadelphia with nine wide receivers on the 53-man roster.

The Redskins have added running back Stafon Johnson to the team's practice squad. He takes Robinson's spot.

Johnson is a first-year player who previously had a stint with the Tennessee Titans. He was sidelined all of 2010 after suffering an ankle injury in preseason.

A Los Angeles native, Johnson played college football at USC.