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Former College Superstar Injured On First Carry During NFL Preseason Game

General view of Washington Redskins stadium.

Former Oklahoma bell-cow Samaje Perine is entering his second NFL season with Washington. His preseason hit a bump on Thursday night, after a big run.

Perine was part of a Washington backfield that also prominently featured Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson last season. He made a few starts late in the season, and wound up with 603 yards and a touchdown on the ground, and another 182 yards and one score through the air.

On Thursday, he looked to make a statement against the New York Jets.

On his first carry, he burst through the line and broke a 30-yard gain, getting the team deep in Jets territory.

Unfortunately that wound up being his only carry of the game.

Samaje Perine hurt his ankle on the play, and did not return.

After the game, head coach Jay Gruden said it was just a "twisted ankle" and that he thinks the second-year back will be okay. From NFL.com:

"Samaje went in and got checked for (a) twisted ankle, but looks like it's OK. Everything else was negative. Twisted ankle for Samaje," Gruden said, via the team's transcript.

Washington can't really afford more injury at the position. The team lost rookie Derrius Guice, expected to be a key piece, to an ACL tear during its first preseason game.

Perine wasn't the only Washington back to go down on Thursday. Byron Marshall, a former Oregon back, also went down.

That leaves Kelley, Thompson, Martez Carter, and Kapri Bibbs on the depth chart, until Perine returns.