Redskins waive Ryan Torain

In 2008, then-Denver Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan selected running back Ryan Torain out of Arizona State in the fifth round. He flashed talent as a rookie, but found his way onto injured reserve. In 2010, when Shanahan made his return to coaching with the Washington Redskins, he signed Torain as a free agent.

Ryan TorainRyan Torain's time in Washington has come to an end.

Tuesday, according to Chris Russell of ESPN 980 Washington, Shanahan and the Redskins waived Torain.

With rookie fourth-round pick Roy Helu stepping up as the team's top back and rookie sixth-round pick Evan Royster appearing to be a legitimate contributor, Torain has fallen out of favor.

Helu--a Nebraska alum--became the first rookie in franchise history to rush for 100 yards in three consecutive games, while Royster--the leading rusher in Penn State football history--rushed for 132 yards against the Minnesota Vikings last Saturday.

Torain has compiled 942 rushing yards and seven total touchdowns in his two seasons with the 'Skins.

In correspondence with the move, the Redskins promoted wide receiver Aldrick Robinson to the active roster from the practice squad. The former SMU Mustang had 3,314 yards receiving and thirty touchdowns in his productive collegiate career.

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