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Ex-starter Tim Hightower is out for the year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Tashard Choice was cut after a three-week stint. Evan Royster, a rookie from Penn State, was active Sunday for the first time. And last year’s backfield revelation, Ryan Torain, has been, at best, erratic.

Helu showed Sunday he can be a piece of the long-term solution to the Redskins‘ offensive woes.

Questions, of course, remain about Helu. Can he break big runs in the NFL like he did at Nebraska, where he averaged 6.6 yards per carry? Can he hold up to a season’s worth of shots? Can his pass blocking continue to improve?

Those can wait.

Any sliver of progress for the Redskins, any indication Shanahan’s youth movement is developing answers means as much as stealing a win Sunday, as much as Helu’s flight.