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Alfred Morris starts for Washington Redskins

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Dan Hellie of WRC-TV in our nation's capitol reports that rookie Alfred Morris will start at running back Sunday when the Redskins visit the New Orleans Saints.

Morris burst onto the scene during the preseason and made an argument for himself in a crowded backfield that also includes Evan Royster and Roy Helu.

Long-tortured fantasy enthusiasts know better than to overreact to this development, because Shanahan will use a swirl of backfield sets and personnel. That's been his way since the days of early man.

We'll keep an eye out for official word from the team.

UPDATE: Morris did in fact start for the Redskins and gained 3 yards on the first carry of his NFL career.

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