Talk about a tough luck kid. Torain, who was drafted in 2008 by the Denver Broncos in the fifth round. While trying to make the team, he fractured his elbow in training camp and missed 3 months. Shortly after his return he earned his first NFL start against the Browns where he ran for 68 yards and a TD on 12 carries. Unfortunately he tore his ACL in the second quarter and missed the rest of the season.
It took nearly a year and a half to be fully recovered from the ACL tear. He was signed by the Redskins in August 2010. He was one of the last cut coming out of camp. The Skins signed him to the practice squad on September 24th, and last week, he was raised up to the starting roster and was named the starter against the Eagles.
He rushed 18 times for 70 yards and a touchdown, the first score of the game. The Redskins have been trying to put together some kind of running game this year and now with the emergence of Torain and the peppering in of Clinton Portis, they have the one two punch they need. Of course they only beat a Vick-less Eagles team, but I think this is the combo they have been looking for.
As for Torain and the card world, his rookie autograph card, as pictured below has been going for about $2 before yesterday’s game. Now they are going for $6 and counting. If he can manage to go a few games without injuring himself, his cards might really climb. He’s not going to be a feature back, he wasn’t even that at Arizona State. However, he might carve out a nice career in a dual back system.