ESPN 980 "Redskins Radio" announced that the Washington Redskins released running back Ryan Torain today and promoted rookie wide receiver Aldrick Robinson to the roster from the practice squad.
Torain followed Coach Mike Shanahan as a free agent to Washington from the Denver Broncos. He rushed for 742 yards and four scores in 10 game appearances in 2010, leading some to deem him the successor to Clinton Portis. However, he never lived up to that expectation.
The Redskins traded for Cardinals running back Tim Hightower who opened the season as starter. Torain stepped in after an injury kept Hightower out of the St. Louis Rams game. Torain posted a gaudy 135 rushing yards and a touchdown (7.1 ave.) that day, but was never better than 22 yards in any game since.
Washington has since turned to rookies Roy Helu, the team's leading rusher, and Evan Royster who rushed for 132 yards against the Vikings last Sunday. Royster is up for the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week on NFL.com. (Go vote ...