- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Darrel Young went undrafted out of Villanova, as a linebacker. He didn’t make the Washington Redskins until a year later in 2010, as a fullback.

After sitting out the past three weeks with a strained left hamstring, Young voiced some trepidation about not being on the field.

“You can’t make the team in the cold tub; I know that,” he said Tuesday.

But on the day he practiced, the 25-year-old reported feeling “good.” There are no other fullbacks with a legitimate chance of making the 53-man roster and Young is an established part of the Redskins’ offense.

He played in 13 games last season, starting eight, and appeared in all 16 the year before.

“I’m not going to be frustrated about it,” Young said. “I’ve been mentally OK about things; the coaching staff’s made me feel better. I’ve just been helping guys any way I can and the boys did a great job. I’m just trying to coach him up to help him. I got to get my spot back, hopefully.”

Dorson Boyce and tight end Chris Cooley split time at fullback in Young’s absence. And Young hasn’t enjoyed watching, either in games or practice.

“It’s brutal, man. It’s brutal. I’m finally in a position where I want to be in terms of being in the NFL and playing and stuff like that,” he said. “Just standing there, I’m not a coach, I don’t want to be a coach. I want to play. That’s what I’m here to do.”

Monday was the first time since the injury that Young was able to run without feeling any discomfort in the hamstring. Having experienced a setback like this before, he said he knows how to proceed.

The plan is for Young to play Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, and, according to him, coach Mike Shanahan is on the same page.

“We’ll make a decision, I guess, based on how I practice,” Young said. “I’m excited. So we’ll see.”

In an ideal circumstance, Young will take part in two or three practices before seeing game action.

“Yeah, I think just from a mental standpoint and from a conditioning standpoint,” he said. “I’ve been running, but nothing’s like football shape.”

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