Clinton Portis has worked hard to try to return from a groin injury that many figured would keep him out longer than it has. He practiced a little bit today, though he still didn't come close to going through a full practice. Coach Mike Shanahan said afterwards that he remains a game-time decision for Monday's game against the Eagles.
However, reading between the lines, it doesn't look like Portis will go. Here's what Shanahan said today, via John Keim of the Washington Examiner.
"I'm hesitant to put him in too quick," coach Mike Shanahan said. "I don't want to set him back. I'll get a better feel after [Sunday].... He's very competitive. You have to do what's right for him and your team. But you want to make sure if he does play that we don't set him back for the rest of the season."
The Redskins' brass has stressed all week that they will not rush Portis back, and indeed, Portis himself has said he feels no pressure to return. That predicament was made much more palatable today when Ryan Torain said that he felt good and would likely play in the game. While the Redskins will still miss Portis in pass protection, the fact that Torain will likely play makes it easier for Portis to return on his own time.