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Ryan Torain Released: Washington Redskins Cut RB

The Redskins released the struggling running back Tuesday. "It's a business," Torain said about being waived with just one week left in the season.

The Washington Redskins have released running back Ryan Torain, reports ESPN 980, citing a team source. The three-year veteran made nine appearances for Washington in 2011, including four starts, but averaged just 3.4 yards per carry on 59 attempts.

"It's a business" Torain told Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan. "This is how it goes. It's ugly."

The emergence of Roy Helu and Evan Royster following the season-ending injury to starter Tim Hightower made Torain expendable. Further, excepting his one big game in the 2011 season--a 19-carry, 135-yard outing against the St. Louis Rams on Oct. 2--the three-year veteran gained 65 yards on 40 carries for a 1.63 average.

Torain joined the Redskins prior to the 2010 campaign and started eight games for them after Clinton Portis suffered an injury. He fared much better in 2010 than he has in 2011, gaining 742 yards on 164 carries (a 4.5-yard average) and scoring four touchdowns. He added 18 receptions for 125 yards and two touchdowns as well.

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