Carter's season torn apart

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

He would never think of it this way, but Kerry Carter's pain may be Jesse Lumsden's gain.

The battle of two Canadian-born running backs fighting for a spot on the Washington Redskins roster is officially down to one after a disastrous night for Carter.

The former Toronto high school star suffered multiple torn ligaments in his right knee in what looked like a harmless play in Sunday night's pre-season loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Carter was about to make a cut early in the second half of the 19-3 Bengals win when his foot slipped on the field turf at Paul Brown Stadium and his knee gave out awkwardly.

The former Stanford University star and Seattle Seahawks special teams player had to be helped off the field and was scheduled to undergo surgery yesterday.

The Redskins, who signed Carter to a free-agent contract this past winter, announced yesterday that he is done for the season.

Overall, it was a miserable night for the Washington running game. Featured back Clinton Portis suffered a shoulder injury on the opening series and likely is out for at least the remainder of the pre-season.

Ladell Betts, who is listed as the second stringer on the Redskins depth chart, sat out with a hamstring injury as did Lumsden, who is hobbled by a hip flexor.

The Washington coaching staff is hopeful Lumsden will return for Saturday's pre-season game against the New York Jets.

The former McMaster University star has caught the attention of the Redskins coaching staff with a strong effort in an organized scrimmage against the Baltimore Ravens and solid special teams play throughout training camp.

The Redskins had hoped to get a serious look at Carter on Sunday night but even prior to the injury he couldn't make much of an impression.

Facing a Bengals defence stacked up to thwart the run, Carter had managed just five yards on eight carries.


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