Portis says RB situation isn't awkward at all
As Ladell Betts & Clinton Portis week continues, the injured No. 26 himself spoke up, discussing the future of the Skins' starting running back slot Tuesday afternoon. During his weekly appearance on ESPN 980's "John Thompson Show," Portis praised Betts and said he won't rush back from his concussion, but said he doubted he would lose his starting position when he's healthy.
"It don't put me in an awkward situation at all," Portis said, when asked about Betts's breakout week, "Because I think I'll put myself up against anybody in the NFL [on] any day of the week. I think Ladell is a great guy, I think he's a great player, I think he's a great teammate for what he gives on the field. You never hear anything from him, he just goes out and [plays] hard and gives you everything he's got, so he deserves an opportunity. But at the same time, I don't think that takes away because he's playing good. I mean, we've been both capable of making plays. I think to be able to use us together would be even better. You know, I'm not a selfish guy, I'm not being selfish---oh, give me the ball, give me the ball, give me the ball. If Ladell is gonna help us win, it don't matter to me man, I'm all for it. But as far as me losing my starting position, I doubt that."
Portis was asked whether he would be more inclined to hurry back if Betts continues to star; "actually, no," he said.
"I think that allows me to go out and make sure I'm fully healthy. I think as long as Ladell [plays] well, there's no need for me to rush back and try to get on the field and help us. If he's going out running as hard as he ran on Sunday and carrying the ball the way he carried it and carrying that team on his back, I think that allows me to heal. And once I'm fully healed and I don't have any symptoms at all--if that buys me an extra week or some extra time, then I'm all for that. But as soon as I get back, I would love to come back and contribute. And if I've got to contribute with him, I'm all for that as well.
"So I don't mind carrying the load with him. I think we're a great 1-2 combination. I mean, I've been saying that for years. The only thing about it, we haven't seen us as a 1-2 combination. It's either been me or him. I think they could use us both together."
Portis also suggested that the team's coaching staff displayed a greater commitment to the run during the win over the Broncos than it had in past weeks. Washington's 40 rushes on Sunday were a season high; the previous highs of 35 and 33 came in the Redskins' only two wins.
"I think we always knew we had a good team, a capable team, and I think Sunday you seen them go and use the running game for really the first time all year," Portis said. "Ladell and Rock [Cartwright] ran hard, they used a three-man rotation, and the line probably played their best game of all season, so I think everybody got to the point of making it happen....I think they just set their mind to go out and run the ball and stuck with it. Ladell was picking up six or seven yards a pop, and they were coming right back to it. In the past, we'd get to 2nd-and-short and throw the ball, and then we end up with 3rd-and-long. But I think when we got in 2nd-and-short or 2nd-and-manageable situations, we got a lot of 3rd-and-ones, and Ladell and Rock converted those."
Portis said he was still feeling "heavy-headed" at times, and that he was having issues with his vision when looking at bright lights. He said he's regained his appetite, and that his ankles and the rest of his body are now fine. He said the week before he sustained the concussion had been his best week of practice "in a long time." And he said repeatedly that he would be cautious in his return.
"I don't think I can just rush back and have a miraculous recovery, and I don't want to have any [lingering] problems," he said. "Whatever I can do [in practice], I will do, and what I can't do, I'm not gonna go out and try to pressure myself and make it happen. If I have any symptoms and can't finish it, I will let them know, because I don't think this is a situation that I can play with and go through and try to be careful with. You can't step on the football field being careful, and I think this is a major situation. So I've got to be safe and communicate with the doctors and the training staff, as I've been doing, and hope that when I feel great, they put me in to play."
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