Former Georgia running back Keith Marshall was injured during the Washington Redskins’ preseason game Friday night against the Buffalo Bills.
Marshall, a rookie and a seventh-round pick in April’s NFL Draft, left the game after awkwardly landing and injuring his left elbow on his first carry of the game.
The injury was diagnosed as a sprain and he received an X-ray on it in the Redskins’ locker room during the game. He later returned to the team’s sideline but did not play again.
After the game, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Marshall would receive an MRI on the injured elbow Saturday.
Along with undrafted rookie free agent Robert Kelley, Marshall was expected to see a majority of the team’s carries against the Bills because former Florida star Matt Jones, the team’s starter, and backup Chris Thompson were both out with injuries. Kelley, who has had stood out for the Redskins this preseason, finished with 12 carries for 51 yards and second-year Gators running back Mack Brown had 11 carries for 43 yards.
Marshall gained three yards on his single carry. In the Redskins’ previous two preseason games, Marshall had only 25 yards on 15 carries.
NFL teams usually carry four running backs on their 53-man roster, which means Marshall could be in danger of making the team. Jones and Thompson, both returning players, are locks, with Marshall, Kelley and Brown the next three on the depth chart.
Marshall, a former five-star prospect in the 2012 signing class, was often plagued by injuries during his Georgia career.
Washington beat Buffalo, 21-16, in the game to improve to 2-1 in the preseason.
The Redskins play their final preseason game on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 1.
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