In need of depth at running back, the Washington Redskins activated Byron Marshall off injured reserved Saturday. Marshall was placed on injured reserve at the end of the preseason with a knee injury. He was eligible to return on Nov. 5.
The addition of Marshall will be a huge lift to the Redskins’ backfield. Chris Thompson has been hampered by a rib injury that will hold him out for the fifth game in six weeks. Adrian Peterson, the team’s leading rusher, has had to carry a heavy load being spelled by Kapri Bibbs.
With Samaje Perine apparently still in the dog house, Marshall will certainly be helpful. Marshall had seemingly become the primary backup to Thompson as the third-down back through training camp and preseason before he was injured against the Jets ultimately landing him on IR.
Marshall was signed off the Philadelphia Eagles practice squad last season by the Redskins after coincidentally a season-ending injury to Thompson. Marshall was still used sparingly before a hamstring injury placed him on IR, but coming back into his second season with the team he was expected to have an increased role in the offense.
The Redskins also activated wide receiver Trey Quinn earlier this week. Wide receiver has been another position hit with injuries as Paul Richardson was placed on IR earlier this month with a season-ending shoulder injury. Jamison Crowder has missed the last five games with an ankle injury. Activating the seventh-round rookie will add a much-needed talent within the passing game.
Marshall will also help a passing game that has struggled mightily all season despite the 6-3 record the Redskins currently sport. With the addition of Marshall, and subsequently having Quinn back, the Redskins released wide receiver Brian Quick to make room on the 53-man active roster.