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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, 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.