Washington Redskins running back Roy Helu will likely be held out of Saturday's preseason game against the Chicago Bears due to a left Achilles injury (tendinitis).
Helu, currently in his second season with the Redskins, has missed practice recently because of the injury. He was the leading rusher for the Redskins last season with 640 yards, and is a threat to catch passes out of the backfield. His 49 receptions ranked fourth on Redskins in 2011. Helu has been battling Tim Hightower and Evan Royster for the starting running back job in fall camp. However, coach Mike Shanahan isn't afraid to rotate rushers, as all three of the team's major backs got at least 56 carries last season.
Helu did play in the first Redskins' preseason contest against the Buffalo Bills, gaining 17 yards on four carries. He also caught one pass that went for -3 yards.