The Washington Times - September 30, 2013, 04:05PM

Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris said on Monday that X-rays were negative on the bruised ribs he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.

Morris left the game late in the third quarter moments before Washington scored a go-ahead touchdown to take a 17-14 lead. He did not return to the game. Roy Helu was the primary running back the rest of the game and scored a late touchdown to seal the victory.


Morris said the ribs were sore early in the game and he simply played through it.

“It wasn’t nothing that I felt like would take me out of the game,” Morris said. “I feel like when I fell on it on that play it was kind of icing on the cake. I had to come out and be like ‘Yeah, this isn’t something I’m going to be able to walk off.’”

Morris said he’s never suffered a rib injury before and wasn’t sure about a timetable for recovery. But Washington does have a bye week upcoming. It next plays Oct. 12 against Dallas.

“It definitely helps out to give you a little extra time to recover and get ready for the next opponent,” Morris said. “Even though our bye week is early. Nobody likes an early bye week, but at the same time, for me, it’s perfect”

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said the coaching staff could tell something wasn’t right with Morris only while watching the game film later.

In other injury news, Shanahan said the team was still awaiting word on the MRI for tight end Logan Paulsen’s left knee. Paulsen was wearing a brace during Sunday’s game.

Reserve defensive lineman Chris Neild told ESPN 980 on Monday that he sustained a mild calf strain and is considered day-to-day. Shanahan did not provide an update on Neild.