The Washington Times - September 26, 2012, 12:20PM

First it was a sore left Achillies tendon that bothered Roy Helu Jr. Then it was both Achillies. The Washington Redskins running back was banged-up but kept practicing and playing.

A sprained big toe on his left foot changed that. Helu suffered the injury, commonly referred to as “turf toe,” on the first play of the regular season and on Wednesday the Redskins placed the running back on season-ending injured reserve.

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Helu, 23, had just two carries and seven catches in three games and said he was “at peace” with the decision to go on IR.

“It was a heck of an experience, this last month going through the Achilles and then running into the turf toe,” Helu said. “It was very difficult.”

Helu going on IR was the corresponding roster move as the Redskins signed veteran running back Ryan Grant. Grant said Wednesday he chose the Redskins over the Chicago Bears because of opportunity in this backfield.

Alfred Morris is the starter, and Evan Royster is dealing with a right patellar tendon strain.