Final four games key for Ryan Torain

If Ryan Torain wants to be in the mix to be the Washington Redskins starting running back next season, he needs to make the most of the final four games.

Sidelined since Week 8 with a lingering hamstring issue, Torain appears ready to reclaim the starting role for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. It’s been a frustrating six weeks for everyone involved, and Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports that the team has recently consulted with specialists for how to proceed with Torain.

Torain looked like a great find when he had consecutive 100-yard games against Indianapolis and Washington and scored three touchdowns. Clinton Portis was on the shelf with a groin injury, and the ground game was improving dramatically with Torain. Then, he went down and it’s been a scramble drill since.

He still leads the team with 391 yards rushing. A strong finish here will certainly have him in the mix for 2011. Otherwise, he’ll be viewed as a possible option, but one the team can’t be sure it can trust.

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