Darrel Young hasn’t practiced in three weeks after straining his left hamstring. Sitting out hasn’t been fun for the Washington Redskins fullback.
“It’s brutal, man. It’s brutal. I’m finally in a position where I want to be in terms of being in the NFL and playing and stuff like that,” Young said. “Just standing there, I’m not a coach, I don’t want to be a coach. I want to play. That’s what I’m here to do. You can’t make the team in the cold tub; I know that.”
Young was set to be back practicing for real Tuesday, one day after running without pain for the first time since the injury. His goal is to play Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, and he said Mike Shanahan was on board with that plan.
“We’ll make a decision, I guess, based on how I practice,” Young said. “I’m excited. So we’ll see.”
Young has been strengthening the hamstring and said he knows how to progress given that he has had a setback like this before.
Ideally, Young would like to have two or three full practices before playing in a game.
“Yeah, I think just from a mental standpoint and from a conditioning standpoint,” he said. “I’ve been running, but nothing’s like football shape.”
The first practice might be the hardest part, fighting through the doubt of wondering whether the hamstring will act up again. But the 25-year-old isn’t terribly worried about that.
“You go out there every day not knowing what’s going to happen. I’m not going to be frustrated about it,” Young said. “I’ve been mentally OK about things; the coaching staff’s made me feel better. I’ve just been helping guys any way I can and the boys did a great job. I’m just trying to coach him up to help him. I got to get my spot back, hopefully.”