IRVING, Texas --Can ex-Cowboy Tashard Choice fix the Redskins' broken run game?
It remains to be seen how much Choice will play Sunday against his former team, but at least he appears healthy enough to be active for the first time since the Redskins claimed him off waivers with a hamstring injury on Oct. 31.
"I think he's doing a good job. He's healthy now," Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said. "He got a chance to get a good feel for our system and he'll get to practice really for the first full time this week."
Tim Hightower's season-ending injury left Washington with only two healthy running backs, Ryan Torain and rookie Roy Helu. They have combined for 140 yards on 50 carries (2.8 avg) during the Redskins' five-game losing streak. The overall run game ranks 31st, averaging 86.7 yards per game.
Depleted in the backfield, Shanahan thought Choice would be "the perfect guy to come in here and give us a boost." Sunday might be his first chance to help -- against the Cowboys, of all teams.
"He's definitely going to be ready," said defensive end Stephen Bowen, another former Cowboy. "I'm not going to say too much on his part, but I know he'll be ready."