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Updated: December 24th, 2011 11:00am
Redskins deactivate leading rusher Roy Helu against Vikings

Redskins deactivate leading rusher Roy Helu against Vikings

by Tom Pelissero
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LANDOVER, Md. -- The Washington Redskins' leading rusher couldn't make it back for Saturday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Roy Helu was among seven players the Redskins deactivated, a day after being listed as questionable on the injury report because of toe and ankle problems.

Helu leads the Redskins with 147 carries for 635 yards (4.3 average) and two touchdowns. He was replaced in Saturday's lineup by fellow rookie Evan Royster, who has 17 carries for 83 yards (4.9 average) this season.

The Redskins' other inactives were: linebacker Markus White, offensive lineman Erik Cook, tight end Rob Myers, receiver David Anderson, end Doug Worthington and end Kentwan Balmer.

There were no surprises among the Vikings' inactives: cornerback Asher Allen (concussion), cornerback Chris Cook (paid leave), linebacker Xavier Adibi, tackle DeMarcus Love, guard Steve Hutchinson (concussion), tight end Allen Reisner and end D'Aundre Reed.

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