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It was the first week of Washington Redskins training camp when Alfred Morris entertained the question. Darrel Young was hurt, and the unassuming sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic was asked if he had been asked by the coaching staff to fill in at fullback.
An already depleted Washington Redskins defense could be without two cornerstone starters Thursday, in addition to the season-ending injury to safety Brandon Meriweather.
The Washington Redskins led the Minnesota Vikings 31-26 with 2:56 to play in the fourth quarter Sunday at FedEx Field. Facing third and 6 from the Washington 24, Robert Griffin III awaited the shotgun snap from center Will Montgomery. What followed would become the signature play in the quarterback's rookie season, and is presented here in an oral history:
Back in the state in which he grew up and played college football, Alfred Morris found a comfort zone quickly.
On an otherwise innocuous third down, Robert Griffin III slipped the football into running back Evan Royster's arms and backed away. The rookie quarterback thrust his arms in the air as he stood alone on the chewed-up turf at Raymond James Stadium in an exaggerated gesture to remind any defenders in the neighborhood he didn't have the football.
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Alfred Morris said he was "in awe" of the situation. He didn't have the same spotlight on him as Robert Griffin III, but the Washington Redskins' sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic still was making his NFL debut in front of 70,000-plus fans at the Superdome.
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This was a preseason of attrition for Washington Redskins running backs. Tim Hightower wasn't 100 percent after knee surgery last fall, Roy Helu Jr. missed time with sore Achilles tendons and Evan Royster felt soreness in his right knee.
All you can ask of any NFL preseason game is that (a.) players who need the work get the work; and (b.) everybody emerges with with their limbs and faculties intact. Well, everybody important, at least.
Alfred Morris had a good reason to be upbeat inside Soldier Field's visitor's locker room nine days ago, but he focused elsewhere.
"It definitely puts me at a disadvantage because I can't take all the reps that they're getting," Royster said. "I'm going to go out there and do everything that I can, but obviously two days out I'm not going to be able to do everything quite yet. It definitely puts me back because they're getting more reps, and the coaches are getting to see them play more than they're getting to see me."