Clinton Portis Is A Game-Time Decision For Game Against Philadelphia Eagles

After a refreshing bye week, Clinton Portis says he may be able to play in the Redskins' game against the Eagles after missing action due to a groin injury.

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Clinton Portis Says He'll Be A 'Game-Time Decision' For Game Against Philadelphia Eagles

When Clinton Portis suffered a groin injury several weeks ago, there was some buzz that he could make his way back onto the field for next Monday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. The idea was that, with a bye week to rest, Portis could end up being ready to go in time. 

Today, Portis was asked about that, and said that he will be a game-time decision for the game. However, he also said that he experienced some swelling today trying to come back. Via Rick Maese of the Washington Post:

"I may be able to be ready for Monday, but I feel like it's a work in progress," Portis said Tuesday. "I got some work done yesterday, as you all seen. But I think it's swelling today. I got the rest of the week to try to get right and make sure I'm going to be 100 percent."    

Portis said he isn't surprised about the swelling, because trainers and coaches told him to expect that. He added that while he is trying to come back for the game, his coaches are not putting a ton of pressure on him to return.

If Portis does return, it will be a huge boost to the offensive line more than anything. Portis' ability as a runner has declined, but he is still one of the best pass protectors in the league out of the backfield.

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Clinton Portis On What His Role Will Be Once He Returns

Clinton Portis has been out the past few games with a groin injury and his return is still at least a couple weeks away. In that time Ryan Torain has stepped into the starting running back role and exceeded expectations. Which raises the question, now that Torain has proved that he is deserving of carries, how many does that leave for Portis when he gets back?

Portis addressed that issue in his weekly radio appearance on the Mike Wise Show on 106.7 the Fan. According to Mike Jones at TBD, Portis is willing to accept whatever role the team wants him to occupy once he returns.

“There are no guarantees in life man, I need to go out and help this team however I can,” Portis said. “That’s the decision for them to make, and when they make the decision, I still have to come to work and get the job done.”

Seeing as we are in the Nation's Capitol, Portis felt it was necessary to compare his situation to the presidency. Go ahead and try to follow this logic, I dare you.

“That’s life,” Portis said. “If you step away, that’s just like Bush leaving office. We came into a mess and a bad situation and all of a sudden, Bush left out and they became Obama’s problems. Obama did this and Obama did that, and I don’t think it was him that caused it. He was in there to straighten a mess up. I’m here trying to do what I can."

I'm not really sure what he is getting at, and to be honest, he doesn't really provide any answers to the original question. The truth is we won't know that until Portis returns, we see how healthy he is, and the Redskins can evaluate how he and Torain fit together. But it is good to know that he is willing to accept any role he is given.

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Clinton Portis' Return Could Come After Bye Week

Since leaving the Redskins' 17-12 win over the Philadelphia Eagles during Week 4, Redskins running back Clinton Portis has not returned to the field. The original prognosis of four to six weeks, however, might come to fruition. According to TBD.com, coach Mike Shanahan said that Portis could return to action against the Eagles in Week 10. The starting running back spot, however, will not be given to Portis, who will likely have to fight to reclaim it from Ryan Torain.

"Well, I've said this all along: We're going to play the best players and who we think gives us the best chance to win," Shanahan said. "Big part of that is how someone practices, where they're at when the game comes -- it doesn't matter what the position, offense, defense, special teams. We'll evaluate during the week, and go with who we think gives us the best chance to win."'   

Torain has stepped in admirably, carrying the ball 82 times for 381 yards and three touchdowns. He is also coming off of back-to-back 100-yard rushing games, something TBD notes that Portis has not done since 2008. It'll be an interesting battle to watch. 

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Clinton Portis Says He Will Return To The Redskins This Year

The diagnosis of Clinton Portis' groin injury came along with a 4-6 week recovery time. If he misses the maximum number of six weeks including Sunday's game against the Packers, that puts Portis back in uniform week 10 against the Titans. It certainly seems like he will have plenty of time left to play football when he gets back.

But Portis is over 30 and has proven to be a complicated healer; nobody knows just how long he will take to recover from such a significant injury to his legs. When he made his weekly appearance on 106.7 the fan, the questions that were asked of him seemed to indicate that the possibility that he may not be able to return at all this season did exist. The hosts asked him directly how confident he was that he would return to the field this season.

I got no doubts that I'm going to be running the ball again this year ... I got no doubt that I'll recover from this injury and be back out there to help my teammates.

Portis cited his proximity to John Riggins' franchise rushing record as a major motivation to return.

"I think that would be even better [than reaching 10,000 career yards). I think to be the leading rusher of a storied franchise and just the chase alone. Being that it's been held for so long ... it's hard to have that opportunity to go out there and break a John Riggins record ... So for me to be in that company however it pans out, for me to be in that company is a great tribute."

According to Clinton Portis, Clinton Portis' season with the Redskins is not over.

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Redskins Still Adding Depth At Running Back

The Clinton Portis injury has caused the Redskins to add running backs to their roster at a frantic pace. Mike Jones of TBD.com has a rundown of all the moves the Skins have made in that department this week. Here's the cliff notes:

On Tuesday, they re-signed Keiland Williams and signed Javarris James to their practice squad. As a member of the pactice squad James was eligible to sign with any team as long as he was joining the active roster, and on Wednesday, he signed with the Colts.

So to replace James, the team added Quinn Porter to the practice squad on Thursday. Porter played college ball at Division-II Stillman College in Alabama, where he rushed for nearly 2,800 yards and 24 touchdowns over the course of his career.

There's another little fact that makes this signing, and the timing of it so interesting.

"It feels good to be given another opportunity," said Porter, who spent training camp and the preseason with the Green Bay Packers, whom the Redskins face on Sunday.

I personally don't buy into the "former player helps his new team form a game plan against you" philosophy, but it is worth mentioning.

As of now, the running back depth look as follows:

  • Ryan Torain (active)
  • Chad Simpson (active)
  • Keiland Williams (Practice Squad)
  • Quinn Porter (Practice Squad)

One of those players, likely Williams, will be promoted to the active roster for the game this week. Not one of those players has spent the entirety of training camp and the regular season under contract with the Redskins, which is a little scary.

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Clinton Portis Out 4-6 Weeks With Groin Injury

As it turns out, Clinton Portis groin injury is more serious than he expected. During his media session today, Mike Shanahan said Portis will miss 4-6 weeks with the groin injury.

Via TBD's Mike Jones:

Shanahan: Portis has third degree separation of groin. 4 to 6 weeks.    

As Rich Campbell noted, Shanahan said the groin was separated from the bone. Shanahan called the injury a "temporary setback," and said it's particularly disappointing because Portis was playing well. 

This means Ryan Torain will certainly start for the foreseeable future, and according to Redskins Insider, it likely means Keiland Williams will be promoted from the practice squad, though that has not happened yet. The Redskins did just add running back Javarris James to the practice squad today, as Hogs Haven notes.

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Clinton Portis Says He'll Likely Miss Redskins' Game Against Packers

Clinton Portis left last Sunday's game against the Eagles with a groin injury, freeing Ryan Torain to excel on the ground. Now, it looks like Torain will get a chance to do that from the opening whistle. 

Speaking on his radio show segment on 106.7 The Fan, Portis said that while he's still waiting for the MRI results, he likely will miss the Redskins game against the Packers next weekend.

"I don't think the team would even let me attempt to go and play on Sunday," Portis said to co-hosts Mike Wise and Holden Kushner. "But who knows."

Portis confirmed that the injury was his groin -- "up above the private spot," he said -- and nothing else. However, when asked whether he would be out for longer than next week, Portis wasn't able to commit to that.

"I’m going to take time to make sure I’m healed," he said, before later adding, "being in the condition that I'm in, I think my recovery will be fast."

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