The Washington Times - August 3, 2011, 06:03PM

Redskins first-string running back Ryan Torain is expected to visit a hand specialist Wednesday evening after injuring his left hand during the morning practice.

Coaches are confident Torain wouldn’t miss more than a couple of weeks if his hand is fractured. They don’t believe his availability for the regular season is in jeopardy.


However, the sight of him sitting out Wednesday afternoon’s walkthrough with his hand heavily wrapped couldn’t have been comforting.

Torain declined comment through a team spokesman Wednesday afternoon. It was unclear exactly how he was injured during the morning practice.

“He just hit his hand,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “It might just be sprained.”

Torain began training camp last week as the first-string running back, and his ability to stay healthy will go a long way toward securing the top spot. He has been plagued by injuries throughout his career. Last season he missed four games with a hamstring strain.

The Redskins open the season on Sept. 11 against the New York Giants.