Even in the NFL, former Georgia running back Keith Marshall is struggling to shake off the injury bug.
The team announced Monday that the former Bulldogs player, now a rookie with the Washington Redskins, will be out for three weeks after sustaining an elbow injury in Friday's preseason game against the Buffalo Bills.
Gruden confirms that RB Keith Marshall will be out for three weeks. Says Kerrigan (groin) is day to day, Matt Jones progressing nicely.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 29, 2016
The setback harms his chances to not only break into the regular running back rotation but make the team's 53-man roster when cuts are made in the near future ahead of the start of the regular season.
Marshall's Georgia career was largely disrupted by knee injuries, notably a torn anterior cruciate ligament sustained against Tennessee in 2013.
Marshall was expected to see an increased workload at running back against the Bills -- along with fellow rookie Robert Kelley -- before suffering the injury on his first carry of the game. The Redskins top two running backs, former Florida running back Matt Jones and backup Chris Thompson, were out with injuries.
Even before the injury, though, Marshall had been outperformed by Kelley, who signed with the team as an undrafted free agent, in each of the Redskins' first two preseason games. Marshall was a seventh-round pick.
After Marshall's injury, Kelley finished with a team-best 51 yards on 12 carries against the Bills and appears to have pulled ahead to third on Washington's running back depth chart.
NFL teams usually carry four running backs on their 53-man roster. Former Florida running back Mack Brown, a second-year player, also is competing for a roster spot.
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