Running back Evan Royster headed to injured reserve

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Running back Evan Royster will be placed on injured reserve after sustaining a high left ankle sprain in the Washington Redskins’ 45-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, coach Mike Shanahan said.

Royster caught a swing pass for a 4-yard gain on the second play of the second quarter and was tackled awkwardly, leading to his left leg getting stuck under Chiefs inside linebacker Derrick Johnson. He began the game as the Redskins’ third-down back, but was replaced by Roy Helu, who held the role over the first 12 games, after the injury.

Royster had only two carries this season, taking them for no gain. He only played on offense during the last three games, filling in Dec. 1 as a fullback, and was active for 10 games as a special teams player. Last season, Royster had 88 yards and two touchdowns on 23 attempts.

The transaction was not processed by the league office on Monday. Shanahan said the team hadn’t made a decision on who it would “bring up,” alluding to the possibility of signing a player off its practice squad. The Redskins have a pair of running backs on the eight-man squad: Jawan Jamison, the Redskins’ seventh-round draft pick, and former University of Maryland standout Davin Meggett.

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