With Rob Kelley hurt, Redskins sign RB Byron Marshall

From ESPN - November 14, 2017

ASHBURN, Virginia -- The Washington Redskins made it clear they werent looking for a particular style at running back. They just wanted someone who could help. So they turned to a division rival and found someone who offers a similar skill set of someone they already have, but who could still provide what they need most right now -- depth. And, perhaps, some playmaking ability.

The Redskins signed running back Byron Marshall off Philadelphias practice squad Tuesday to fill the void left when Rob Kelley suffered a high ankle sprain and a sprained MCL on Sunday. Kelley is expected to miss at least a few weeks.

Marshall is intriguing because he offers a combination of speed and quickness. He played both running back and receiver at Oregon and became the first player in Pac-12 history to post 1,000-yard seasons at both positions. He played in the slot as a junior and moved outside as a senior. An ankle injury ended his senior season after four games.

Marshall signed with Philadelphia in 2016 as an undrafted free agent and spent 14 weeks on the practice squad. He was promoted to the active roster for the last three games of last season, rushing for a combined 64 yards on 19 carries and catching three passes for 10 yards. Marshall led Philadelphia in rushing this past preseason with 111 yards on 31 carries.

With only two healthy running backs, the Redskins needed more help at the position. They lost Keith Marshall during the summer to a torn ACL, and Mack Brown was released on Oct. 28 and claimed by Minnesota two days later. The Redskins plan to start rookie Samaje Perine, with Thompson serving as the third-down back.


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