RICHMOND—The Washington Redskins are turning to some big NFL names to help their running back situation.

Injuries have piled up this preseason, with second-round draft pick Derrius Guice tearing his ACL, former starters Kapri Bibbs and Samaje Perine spraining their ankles and backup Martez Carter injuring his leg.

That has left the team with just three healthy running backs, and potentially a need for an explosive player.

Enter Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles and Orleans Darkwa, all of whom are reportedly visiting the Redskins for workouts in the coming days.

On Saturday, Redskins coach Jay Gruden said the team would evaluate all its options before making a decision. The Redskins’ next on-field practice is Tuesday.

Peterson is the most notable of the group, but has struggled recently after logging a big season in his return to football in 2015 after a nearly year-long suspension following his indictment on child abuse charges.

Charles is familiar with quarterback Alex Smith, as the two overlapped in Kansas City. He is a four-time Pro Bowler, but is entering his 11th season at a position that often favors youth.

Darkwa would seem to have the most left in the tank, having done well with the Giants last year despite a poor offensive line. However, Darkwa reportedly is looking for an opportunity to be the starter, and Gruden has Rob Kelley installed at that position at the moment.

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