Rob Kelley diagnosed with both sprained ankle and knee

Nov 12, 2017; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley (20) carries the ball as Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) and Vikings cornerback Terence Newman (23) defend in the first quarter at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins running back Rob Kelley has been diagnosed with both a high-ankle sprain and a sprained MCL, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Kelley suffered the injuries during the Redskins’ loss to the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon.

He carried the ball four times for 10 yards and caught two passes for four yards in the defeat. Overall this season, the 25-year-old has rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns on 62 attempts.

Kelley, who played his collegiate football at Tulane, went undrafted in 2016 and signed with the Redskins as a free agent shortly after. He ended up making the team out of camp and played a prominent role in Washington’s offense during his rookie campaign, playing in 15 games and recording 704 yards and six scores while catching 12 passes for 82 yards and one touchdown.

This season, Kelley has been sharing the backfield with Chris Thompson and Samaje Perine, so his workload has been minimal.

The New Orleans native did not produce all that much in college, totaling 1,270 yards and six touchdowns over four years at Tulane. He rushed for 232 yards while reaching the end zone just once during his senior campaign.

Washington fell to 4-5 after losing to the Vikings this past weekend, dimming its playoff chances. The Redskins have lost three of their last four games after a solid 3-2 start, giving up over 30 points in each of those three defeats. The Redskins will now hit the road to take on the surging New Orleans Saints this Sunday.

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