Perine rushed for 23 yards on nine carries and added three catches for 24 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-24 win over the 49ers.
Perine's first career touchdown came early in the second quarter when Kirk Cousins checked down to him in the flat for a diving one-yard score. His increased opportunity came as a result of Rob Kelley (ankle) missing the contest. The good news mostly ended there for Perine as, after tallying at least 20 touches in Weeks 2 and 3, he saw Chris Thompson go off for 20 touches and 138 total yards Sunday -- more than Perine has seen in the past two games combined. He's been held below 3.5 yards per carry in three of four outings. While Washington leans heavily on Thompson, who leads the team in both receiving and rushing through five games, Perine figures to be more of a short-yardage, change-of-pace back -- and that role becomes murkier when Kelley returns.
With Rob Kelley (ankle) already considered a long shot to play, Perine has a good shot at double-digit carries for the third time this season. The rookie is averaging just 3.1 yards per carry and hasn't added much of anything (two catches for six yards) in the passing game, but his Week 6 role nonetheless gives him a decent shot to reach the end zone with the Redskins expected to put up plenty of points. Chris Thompson will continue to dominate passing-down snaps.
Perine rushed six times for 27 yards in Monday night's 29-20 loss to the Chiefs.
Perine entered Monday's contest having carried 40 times over Washington's previous two games. Although his average of 2.9 yards per rush left much to be desired, Perine's usage still seemed to be a source for encouragement. As a result, when starter Rob Kelley exited with a first-half ankle injury, the rookie seemed slated to take over workhorse duties. That obviously didn't transpire, as Perine tied Chris Thompson with just six carries, trailing both Kelley (seven) and quarterback Kirk Cousins (seven) in the category. To his credit, though, Perine was productive when called upon, which could help his case if Kelley's availability is impacted by his ailment following the Redskins' bye week.
Perine (hand) practiced in full Thursday, Rich Tandler of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports.
In the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against the Raiders, Perine lost a fumble on a huge hit and was eventually diagnosed with a bruised hand. Fortunately for the rookie, the ailment didn't hinder his ability to take part in the first practice of Week 4 prep. The same can't be said for backfield mate Rob Kelley (ribs), who remained limited for a second consecutive week. It should be noted that head coach Jay Gruden considers Kelley to be his lead back, when healthy. However, if Kelley doesn't make the requisite progress over the next few days, he may yield running back to some combination of Perine and Chris Thompson yet again.
Perine is considered day-to-day with a bruised hand, John Keim of ESPN.com reports.
Perine was forced out of Sunday's 27-10 win over the Raiders in the fourth quarter after taking a huge hit and losing a fumble. The injury apparently isn't as bad as it initially looked, with Perine fortunate to avoid a concussion or any fractures. He was inefficient while filling in for Rob Kelley (rib) on Sunday, managing just 49 yards on 19 carries and six yards on one reception. Meanwhile, passing-down back Chris Thompson rumbled for 188 scrimmage yards and found the end zone for a fourth time in three games. Perine should retain an early-down role if he's available for Week 4 against Kansas City and Kelley still isn't ready, but the rookie has yet to show any signs of becoming a viable fantasy option. Perine is averaging just 2.9 yards per carry, compared to Kelley's 4.9 and Thompson's 8.5.
|7||10/23/17||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|13||11/30/17||@ DAL||8:25 pm|
|14||12/10/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
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