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Royster said balance and core strength were his focuses during the offseason, and he’s also getting better at pass protection. He also wants to carry high the banner of Penn State, not only because of the school’s recent troubles, but also to buck the trend of top Nittany Lions backs who have underperformed in the pros.

“There’s been so much talk about highly ranked Penn State running backs that have come out but they never really did anything,” Royster said. “And I kind of want to change that. People have such a bad perception of Penn State running backs.

“I just want to show that I could be successful at this level. Being Penn State’s all-time leading rusher means nothing at this level. You’ve got to come and prove it in the NFL.”

Notes: The Redskins signed DL Marlon Favorite, a former LSU player who has been with nine NFL teams in some form or fashion since 2009 but has yet to make a regular season roster. … NT Chris Neild (torn left ACL) and WR Darius Hanks (shoulder surgery) both cleared waivers and are now on injured reserve. … LB Markus White has a fractured rib and a bruised kidney after getting hit in Wednesday’s practice. Shanahan said there’s a chance White could return for next week’s game. … Shanahan said he thinks LT Trent Williams (bone bruise, left foot) and G Maurice Hurt (inflamed left knee) will play Saturday. The coach is less certain about G Chris Chester (sprained left ankle). … LB London Fletcher took another day off from team drills Thursday _ his second this week _ but Shanahan said the veteran is OK. “He just wasn’t feeling too good today,” the coach said. … Shanahan said the starters will play roughly the first half against the Bears.


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