The Washington Times - December 24, 2011, 11:45AM

Running back Roy Helu is inactive for Saturday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. He was hobbled in the Redskins’ win over the New York Giants last Sunday, and he was limited in practice all week with knee and toe injuries.

The punishment Helu has endured since being named the feature back in Week 12 finally caught up with him.


He amassed 116 touches in the last four games. He had only 51 carries in the first 10 games, compared to 96 in the last four.

Helu’s deactivation moves rookie Evan Royster and Ryan Torain up Saturday’s depth chart. Royster has 80 yards on 16 carries the last two weeks. Torain, who was inactive the last two games, hasn’t played in any of the previous four.

The Redskins’ other inactives are receiver David Anderson, center Erik Cook, defensive linemen Kentwan Balmer and Doug Worthington, linebacker Markus White and newly-promoted tight end Rob Myers.