Kelley left Sunday's game with a toe injury and is questionable to return, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Kelley's questionable diagnosis suggests the injury might not keep him sidelined too long. The Redskins' No. 3 running back has been reduced to a limited role with the backfield emergence of Adrian Peterson but Kelley is still regarded as a high-end reserve.
Kelley took three carries for seven yards in Sunday's 24-6 win over the Cardinals.
Kelley played eight snaps on offense and nine on special teams, serving as the No. 3 running back behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. It isn't clear that Washington would turn to Kelly in the event of a Peterson injury, as Samaje Perine's inactive status theoretically could be attributed to his lack of value on special teams.
Kelley took 11 carries for 49 yards and caught both of his targets for 14 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to Baltimore.
Kelley entered the game after Samaje Perine, who picked up 30 yards on seven carries. With Chris Thompson (leg) and Adrian Peterson already locked in, Kelley is competing with Perine and Kapri Bibbs for what likely will be two roster spots. Kelley's knowledge of the offense and value on special teams should keep him safe, but it won't be out of nowhere if he ends up getting cut.
Kelley gained 17 yards on seven carries and added a 13-yard catch on two targets in Thursday's 15-13 win over the Jets in Week 2 of preseason.
Kelley's primary competition at running back in the wake of Derrius Guice's ACL tear was supposed to come from Samaje Perine, who ripped off a 30-yard run on his lone carry but immediately exited with an ankle sprain. While the attrition in Washington's backfield is raising Kelley's fantasy stock, he'll have to do more with his touches to truly get owners excited.
Kelley got the start in Thursday's preseason game against New England, taking four carries for six yards.
Derrius Guice (knee), Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine also got touches in the early portion of Thursday's contest, though the rookie was removed toward the end of the first quarter after suffering what appeared to be a minor injury at the end of a 34-yard run that was wiped out by a penalty. Guice finished his night with six carries for 19 yards, with Perine adding seven carries for 31 yards. While a slimmed-down Kelley reportedly has made a strong impression at training camp, he may end up battling Perine for a single job. Guice and Chris Thompson (leg) are obvious roster locks, and the Redskins may want to keep Marshall or Kapri Bibbs to provide pass-catching depth behind Thompson.
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