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Redskins RB Samaje Perine sustains sprained ankle

Samaje Perine

The Washington Redskins’ backfield just couldn’t run away from the injury bug, which bit the group again on Thursday, when running back Samaje Perine sustained an ankle injury during their preseason game against the New York Jets, via the team’s official Twitter account.

Perine suffered the injury right during his very first carry of the game, which saw him break out for a huge 30-yard run. He limped to the bench afterward before heading to the locker room together with the medical staff and did not return.

Perine’s injury was later diagnosed as a mere ankle sprain, per JP Finlay of NBC Washington. But while it’s good that his injury isn’t serious, it could still have negative implications on his chances to beat out Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson for the Redskins’ starting running back job.

The choice for that role is likely down to Perine, Thompson, and Kelley after rookie Derrius Guice suffered a devastating torn ACL in Washington’s preseason opener against the New England Patriots, though, the team could also opt for a committee approach.

Washington also has the likes of Kapri Bibbs, Byron Marshall, and Martez Carter on their running depth chart.

The 22-year-old Samaje Perine, who was drafted in the second round out of Oklahoma last year, is entering his second season in the league after leading the Redskins in 2017 in attempts and rushing yards with 175 and 603, respectively.

The Redskins next preseason assignment is a home date against the Denver Broncos next week.