Ryan Torain has looked pretty good in his limited action this season — 91 carries for 391 yards, a 4.3 average, and 3 touchdowns. It’s spread over six games, but Torain received more than 10 carries in just four of them. So it’s an above-average running back performance. That’s what you’d expect from Torain, because the knock on him wasn’t about his numbers.
No, the knock was on his ability to stay healthy, and — if the six games out of eleven didn’t tip you off — that knock has largely seemed accurate. Torain was limited in practice today, which actually represented an upgrade from not practicing the two days prior, but he’s still listed as questionable for this week’s game.
And it seems safe to say that this is getting frustrating for the coaching staff. Just for fun, here are three comments from head coach Mike Shanahan’s press conferences this week that I thought were somewhat revealing on this subject.
On running back Ryan Torain: “It’s been a while. You could almost grow a new hamstring in a few weeks, so you’re hoping that he can come out there pretty quick,” Shanahan said. Then he added, “That wasn’t a shot, was it?”
On running back Ryan Torain: “I’m about ready to strangle Ryan right now because he hasn’t come back quite quick enough,” Shanahan said. “Seriously, we’ve had some doctors and other people come in and look at him. He’s been trying to push himself out there. The player normally knows. I’m not a doctor; I don’t pretend to be. And so, when doctors say, ‘Hey, they’re ready to go,’ trainers feel like they’re ready to, the strength is there, then we start working ’em.
“We’ve got enough things to do besides trying to pretend that we know when a guy’s ready to go back in. But our staff, our training staff, does a great job of working these guys out. They get treatment, three or four times a day. And I know a guy like Ryan’s biting at the bit. He’s been hurt, through most of his career, and he’s got an opportunity to show what he can do. And unfortunately, he’s not able to come back yet.”
On other running back Andre Brown: “I like what I’ve seen a lot. He’s done a good job picking up the system — I watch him on the scout team. It looks like he’s got a future here.”
Might be totally meaningless, but I thought that was a pretty interesting juxtaposition.
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