Raiders hope to redshirt Washington, but will it last?

With running backs Kenny Williams, Eric Stephens and SaDale Foster combining for 176 rushing yards and three touchdowns Saturday night, coaches held off playing DeAndre Washington and will try to redshirt him.

Washington played last year as a true freshman until he suffered a torn knee ligament in the next-to-last game. Washington had knee surgery three weeks after Stephens.

What happens if a month from now, Washington is better in practice than one of the other three?

“That’s a good question,” offensive coordinator Neal Brown said Monday. “He’s well enough to play. He could go out there and play.”

However, Brown said Washington feels less confident than Stephens coming back from knee surgery and wasn’t as consistent in preseason practice as the other three.

The plan could change.

“If somebody gets hurt, he’s a go,” Brown said. “But right now, where he doesn’t feel a hundred percent confident and we’ve got three guys there, we don’t feel pushed to play him.”

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