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Betts Intends to Play; Portis' Chances '50-50'

From Jason Reid:

The Redskins received encouraging news about their injured top running backs, learning that primary backup Ladell Betts plans to play Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys and that lead back Clinton Portis expressed optimism about making "progress" as he recovers from a sprained knee

Betts returned to practice in a limited role Wednesday for the first time since he sprained his left knee Oct. 12 in a 19-17 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Washington's second-leading rusher with 156 yards, Betts continued to test his knee in team drills Thursday at Redskins Park.

Although he sat out practice today as a precaution, Betts said he would "give it a go" at FedEx Field. "I pushed it pretty hard [Thursday]," Betts said. "It held up, it didn't really bother me, so let's just give it a go.

"I didn't want to let my teammates down. It's a big week for us and I feel good about this, which was the big thing for me. As long as I felt comfortable cutting and planting on it, I think I'm ready to go."

Portis - the NFL's second-leading rusher - has not practiced all week because of a sprained medial collateral ligament, but he would not rule out playing against the Cowboys because "I've got two days left. I'll be in the training room working, trying to get there."

With 995 yards rushing, a 5.0-yard average and seven touchdowns, Portis has been the most productive player on offense for Washington (6-3), which is ahead of Dallas (5-4) in the race for an NFC wild-card berth. Coach Jim Zorn said Portis's chances of playing are only "50-50," but Portis said his knee has responded to treatment this week.

"I'll probably get a good six treatments in, two massages" before the game, Portis said. "I mean, the progress has been better, but I won't say, 'Oh, I'm ready.' I've got 'til Sunday night to make that decision, so that's when I'll make it. It's not a lobbying thing. We're going to see how I feel before the game and make our decision then. It's not lobbying or protest. We're just going to find out."

If Portis and Betts sit out, Shaun Alexander and special teams standout Rock Cartwright could share backfield duties in a "community position," Zorn said. The Redskins hope either Betts or Portis could play, even on a limited basis, as much for their ability in pass protection as their skills with the ball.

"It's going to be great to have Ladell back there," quarterback Jason Campbell said. "He's played before when Clinton has been out and he's done really well. That's definitely a good feeling to know that he'll be back there.

"As far as Clinton, it's hard to say if he'll be out there. He's definitely not at 100 percent, but he's an unusual guy. You know he's going to try hard to be out there. If he can't, we're just going to have to have other guys step up."

By Cindy Boren  |  November 14, 2008; 2:00 PM ET
 
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The saying used to be "He's hung like a horse."

The new saying is "Horses are hung like Leigh Torrence."

Don't ask me how I know, I just do.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 14, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

FIRST DOWN LADELL....TOUCHDOWN PORTIS

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 14, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Stephen King is actually Leigh Torrence

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 14, 2008 2:11 PM | Report abuse

You're scaring (and scarring) me Mr McPoop

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 14, 2008 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Ok I would like everyone to change it up and insted of posting on Leigh Torrence please include Betts and Romos busted pinky in each post.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrence can see Russia from his backyard

No really

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 14, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

CP IS a Warrior!!! I hope he is out there on Sunday! I want to see my favorite player tear up the Cowpukes at FEDEX FIELD!!
Great news on Betts, I feel confident he can step in and have a big game!

What about Springs, Marcus Washington, Kelly and Montgomery?

Posted by: Skins28 | November 14, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Answering the one serious comment from the previous thread, Betts said he did not expect to wear a brace.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 14, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

I Betts Romo's busted pinky gets busted again

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 14, 2008 2:15 PM | Report abuse

The saying used to be "He's hung like a horse."

The new saying is "Horses are hung like Leigh Torrence."

Don't ask me how I know, I just do.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop

Trust me we won't ask! LMAO!

Posted by: icetotalpackage | November 14, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

The British didn't sink the Bismarck, Leigh Torrence did.

And Leigh Torrence wasn't even born until 1982 so that tells you all you need to know about Leigh Torrence.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 14, 2008 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Answering the one serious comment from the previous thread...
Posted by: CindyBoren
There was one serous comment on the last thread....PSHA what a looser!

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Answering the one serious comment from the previous thread, Betts said he did not expect to wear a brace.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 14, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff Cindy! Thanks

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 14, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

See all this positive calling of Leigh Torrence is healing our team.

Just like Jesus, he left for our sins and will return one day to save us from Romo and his pinkie.

Posted by: Zeebs | November 14, 2008 2:18 PM | Report abuse

The saying used to be "He's hung like a horse."

The new saying is "Horses are hung like Leigh Torrence."

Don't ask me how I know, I just do.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop

Trust me we won't ask! LMAO!

Posted by: icetotalpackage


Actually, in all honesty, Kelli Johnson told me.

She said I didn't measure up to Leigh but she still had a good time nonetheless.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 14, 2008 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Pinky to Romo: What are we going to do Sunday Romo?

Romo: Were going to do what we do every Sunday Pinky, try and take over the world!!!

Posted by: skinball77 | November 14, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

To get bigger, faster, and stronger, steroids actually inject Leigh Torrence.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 14, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

How many roads must a man walk down before he sees the sky? How many times must the cannon balls fire before they are forever baned? How many seas must the white dove sail before she sleeps in the sand? The answer my friend is Leigh Torrence, the answer is Leigh Torrence.

PS to follow my own rule, Betts kick some @$$ and JT pls bst Romo pnky

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:21 PM | Report abuse

... Betts said he did not expect to wear a brace.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 14, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Last picture I saw his teeth looked nice and straight so it's obviously worked.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 14, 2008 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Cindy,
What is your gut feeling on the chances that CP plays?

Posted by: Skins28 | November 14, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

"One thing that definitely did not look ragged was the defense. They were, to borrow a phrase, fired up and ready to go in just about all phases of the game. Rocky McIntosh made a terrific leaping interception in the end zone, prompting Greg Blache to yell "Take it back 107, Rocky!" DeAngelo Hall broke up a few passes, and Carlos Rogers also pulled down an INT. They look completely ready for the game."

Posted by: The_Doc | November 14, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

I believe Erasmus James will be a BEAST for us next season when he is fully healthy. He was still injured on only able to get on the field for the last preseason game. Patience is needed for him.

And here is JLaC trying to interject his beliefs again. The coaches probably have over a combinbed 100 years of coaching experince over JLaC who is all over the place with unknown (to me) bands from the 80s, RedSux, and Hockey........

Bumpin in my IPod:

Hook Me Upaaa - Backyard Band
Posted by: 4thFloor | November 13, 2008 3:18 PM |

Nonsense. James isn't hurt, James is lazy. When you get paid 1st round money to pass a physical and subsequently, never play the incentive to compete has to come within. Clearly, James isn't a football player he's highly skilled rent extractor. Zero internal dedication to his craft. Once again, danny boy and is ever skilled talent evaluator have replenished the cistern of incompetence.

Posted by: tony11 | November 14, 2008 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Cindy, these are serious comments!

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 14, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Carlos, Shawn, Smoot and DeAngelo will call Leigh this weekend to figure out the best strategy for stopping TO and Roy E. Lord knows we could use all of his valuable knowledge on slot defense and deep routes.

Posted by: jmg878 | November 14, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of clowns here!

Posted by: Dfan | November 14, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

missed the beep... srry... lol

_____________________________________

On an entirely serious note - This is some of the best stuff I've seen on a blog. Ever. The references are great. The originals are amazing.

I'm so proud of all of you!

WaPo, Cyn, JLaC, et. al. Thanks for the forum! You should really nominate this to where ever awseome blogness is acknowledged! If anyone has an in at ESPN, ProFootball Talk or any of those, they may get a hoot out of it too.

xox
maps

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 14, 2008 2:24 PM | Report abuse

dBag, I picture you saying that sitting in an armchair in a dank den wearing Bozo hair & a red nose. There is a poster of Leigh Torrence over your left shoulder.

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 14, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it that Tony Romo is breaking up with Jessica Simpson and is going to start dating Amy Winehouse.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Romo: Pinky are you pondering what i am pondering?

Pinky: i think so Romo but how are we going to get a whole wheel of cheese into our pants!!

Posted by: skinball77 | November 14, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Cindy, you are lovin the Leigh Torrence stuff...

Posted by: 44riggosranger44 | November 14, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Thank God Ladell! I think we'll be fine now if Clinton can't go...if our O line keeps blocking the way it has been blocking, Betts will have a great day...

Posted by: rachel216 | November 14, 2008 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it that Tony Romo is breaking up with Jessica Simpson and is going to start dating Amy Winehouse.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:26 PM

Actually, word is, is that Jessica Simpson is dumping Romo for Leigh Torrence.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | November 14, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Guys,

Enough with the Leigh Torrence stuff. It is getting REALLY old REALLY fast. A couple good laughs at the beginning but now it's just beating a dead horse. Let's talk Skins, Cowgirls...

Posted by: Skins211 | November 14, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

skinball;

pinky and the brian, love it!

Posted by: Zeebs | November 14, 2008 2:30 PM | Report abuse

How many Dallas Cowboys does it take to screw in a lightbulb.

53, most are too dumb to do it on their own and the rest keep fumbeling the bulb.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Rumor has it that Tony Romo is breaking up with Jessica Simpson and is going to start dating Amy Winehouse.


....beacause Tony Romo found Jessica Simpson in bed with Leigh Torrence....

Posted by: AppleScience | November 14, 2008 2:32 PM | Report abuse

My biggest concern is the offensive line protecting in pass coverage and us controlling the clock. No doubt this game is on the shoulders of JC who has played great against the Cowboys but he will need time in the pocket. I fear seeing another one of these games where the D is doing everything in their power to keep the Skins in it and the offense not putting up points.

Posted by: Skins211 | November 14, 2008 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Dik, the best slap in the face to any Dallas fan that comes here trying to needle is to ignore them. Like a little kid who doesn't get his way, he'll go away if he doesn't get a reaction

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | November 14, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Answering the one serious comment from the previous thread, Betts said he did not expect to wear a brace.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 14, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

You thought that was the only serious one? I thought about 3/4's of the Leigh Torrence stuff was serious, taken from Jasno's notes, even if it was from anonymous sources.

Leigh Torrence wouldn't wear no brace, neither.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 14, 2008 2:34 PM | Report abuse

...but now it's just beating a dead horse...
Posted by: Skins211 | November 14, 2008

Funny because that was the same phraze that Jessica used when she tried to discribe getting Tony Romo into her ____ his ____ but she said he just couldn't do it with out her wearing the Jerry Jones mask.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I am LOLing and LMSJKOing, yes, that is true.
My gut says that Portis won't play, but please don't use this for any kind of wagering purpose. He's a baller and just may gut it out.
Prepare for a beep in about three minutes.

Posted by: CindyBoren | November 14, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

On an entirely serious note - This is some of the best stuff I've seen on a blog. Ever. The references are great. The originals are amazing.

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 14, 2008 2:24 PM

Is anyone copying this stuff into the Redskins Insider Wiki? Beats the stuff I copied in there last year on Todd Collins (anyone remember Todd Collins)?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 14, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

skinball77 you are cracking me up!

Posted by: skinzgirl | November 14, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

who wouldn't want to see CP out there...

but seriously if Betts is anywhere near 100%...sit Portis for a week or so and make sure he'll be ready for the Giants, December, and ....

Posted by: carsonspence | November 14, 2008 2:37 PM | Report abuse

i think zeese hit the 'one step too far' button on that post.

flag on the play for even getting that image to pop in my head...

Posted by: Zeebs | November 14, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

• Leigh Torrence orchestrated the merger between UNICEF and Smith & Wesson

...You can NEVER have enough Leigh Torrence!.. Just like you can NEVER put too much water in a nuclear reactor.

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 14, 2008 2:38 PM | Report abuse

My biggest concern is the offensive line protecting in pass coverage and us controlling the clock. ...

Posted by: Skins211 | November 14, 2008 2:33 PM

I agree that the pass protection by the line has been offensive. There is a weak link in pass protection and his name is Jansen.

I amend my earlier doomglooming ... Ladell Betts has to have the kind of game that Shaun Alexander had in 2005.

Posted by: dcsween | November 14, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of a dead horse, I believe right before he died Torrence's horse said:

"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.
I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.
Time to die."


And that was just his horse, as previously stated, the horse didn't measure up.

Posted by: _Stumped_1 | November 14, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Guys,Enough with the Leigh Torrence stuff. It is getting REALLY old REALLY fast. A couple good laughs at the beginning but now it's just beating a dead horse. Let's talk Skins, Cowgirls...

Posted by: Skins211 | November 14, 2008 2:30 PM |

You might want to visit one of the Dallas blogs to talk about that. They've probably gotten over the loss of Pacman Jones by now and are ready for some fubball. Us, man, we're reeling. AbsoluteLeigh reeling, after the loss of LT.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 14, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

My boss just asked me who was coming to our meeting this afternoon - I almost answered - Leigh Torrence!

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 14, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

TE,
I think you just volunteered to do so. Just cut and past the last 2 threads and post when you can I think.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

well, if we only have to lass 20 times a game, then jansen can only screw that up 20 times.

we run the ball 40 times, we win no matter how many sacks or pressures jansen gives up.

Posted by: Zeebs | November 14, 2008 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Betts intends to play....

but wishes Leigh Torrence were here to take the reins.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 14, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

I heard the Amy winehouse rumor too, until they came out to practice today and could not because the 20 and the 30 yard line was missing. and there was Amy Winehouse with a powder white nose standing at midfield talking about " What, What is everybody looking at"


Needless to say that was the end of the Amy Winehouse relationship

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 14, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

turn around John D- Leigh Torrence is right behind you.

Posted by: jeffhayes1 | November 14, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

A little Blade Runner there Stumped?

I can't remember if it was in "Do Androids dream of electric sheep" before that.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 14, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I heard that when Leigh Torrence breaks on a ball, the earth's spin is reversed, and we actually go back in time 4 seconds.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | November 14, 2008 2:42 PM | Report abuse

i think zeese hit the 'one step too far' button on that post.
flag on the play for even getting that image to pop in my head...
Posted by: Zeebs | November 14, 2008 2:38 PM

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Betts doesn't have 40 carries in him ... though, with Betts, the step up in pass protection out of the backfield goes up immeasurably.

Posted by: dcsween | November 14, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

TE,
I think you just volunteered to do so. Just cut and past the last 2 threads and post when you can I think.

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:40 PM |

I've done more than my share of Wiki work. I leave it for someone else this time. Maybe ChrIS LaRry can get his daughter to do it?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 14, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I do what i can >.

Posted by: skinball77 | November 14, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

I heard that when Leigh Torrence breaks on a ball, the earth's spin is reversed, and we actually go back in time 4 seconds.


Ok...they just don't get old...these are amazing...

Posted by: 44riggosranger44 | November 14, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrence can crack nuts just by coughing.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 14, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

That's not wind, that's Leigh Torrence's breath.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 14, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrence does push-ups by lying on his back and pushing the world up and down.

Posted by: Redcoat | November 14, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

God said let there be light. When it didnt work he looked up and told Leigh to get out of the way.

Posted by: Zeebs | November 14, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I wish we could get Leigh Torrence back but he is captain of the Space Shuttle and he will be busy as they are taking off at 7:55 tonight. maybe aftrr he saves my cat from a tree he will get back into Football.

Posted by: squammy | November 14, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

beep

Posted by: alex35332 | November 14, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse


Yeah that's great news about Betts... hopefully he's not too rusty and Rock will get more carries than Alexander (poor dude is SO OVER THE HILL). Betts like 18-20 carries and Rock like 8-10... we should be in good shape. Miss the reaper in these dallas games man.. you know roy e. wiliams and T.O would have been scared !

Man all the Leigh Torrence stuff is getting old. Don't you guys have anything better to.... OH WAIT. SOMEONE JUST CAME BUSTED IN THE DOOR TO MY OFFICE BLDG AND IS KICKING EVEYONE'S ASS... WHAT IN THE WORLD.. WHO IS THIS DUDE.. HE'S GOING THRU AND RANDOMLY ASSALTING MY CO WORKERS .....IS IT... COULD IT BE... HOLLY CRAP, IT'S LEIGH TORRENCE !!!!

Posted by: cwprice2 | November 14, 2008 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"I'll probably get a good six treatments in, two massages" 'Oh, I'm ready.' damn...looks like CP is headed to Chinatown

Posted by: jeffhayes1 | November 14, 2008 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Good stuff Jeff

as long as it resukts in a "Happy Ending"

Posted by: squammy | November 14, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrence didn't go to Dewey Beach to party, Dewey Beach came to Leigh Torrence.

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | November 14, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrence's tears cure cancer...Too bad he never cries.

Posted by: jollybengali | November 14, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

WILL SOMEONE INFORM ME ABOUT,THE STATUS OF SHAWN ALEXANDER. DOES HE HAVE ANYTHING LEFT?
DO YOU PEOPLE REALIZE THAT OUR WINNING OR LOOSING THIS GAME IS DEPENDENT ON THE HEALTH OF C. GRIFFIN AND BIG #60?

Posted by: kcandlc | November 14, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrential gives a cyclonic handjob!!
Leigh Torrence gonna waltz with Jason Taylor to Alpha Centauri!!
The Milky Way galaxy is made up of Leigh Torrence's farts!!
and of course..Leigh Torrence Died For Your Sins...

Posted by: frak | November 14, 2008 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Betts cannot pass protect. Both he and Cartwright suck. And I thought I read before the Pittsburgh game that Springs was running and was a definite go against Dallas. What's with the politics here? None of that 4 Wide stuff this week please Coach Z.

Posted by: gregskins | November 14, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Leigh Torrence doesn't sleep. He waits.

(OK - I know that was originally attributed to Chuck Norris, but it's obviously true for Leigh as well).

Posted by: HighPlainsDrifter | November 14, 2008 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Betts being able to go is huge. He's not the top rusher in the NFL, but he's in the top ten. Skins should win, but there's a lot of media-hype sign for Dallas, like Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders marathon on CMT and Roy Williams running with the American flag in the new joint US Army/NFL ad, which means refs might be seriously biased..Skins need to get ahead and stay ahead as the refs can easily squelch any comebacks with bogus holding calls..Like the first game with the Giants, expect the refs to be rigged and the Skins will have to play above and beyond to win..

Posted by: frak | November 14, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

We probably have the deepest backfield in football. At least Rock returns kickoffs. I don't think any of the quartet of CBs play special teams. Though I'd like to see Hall return punts. I say we cut Snyder and bring back Torrence.

Posted by: chavez66 | November 14, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

I once saw Leigh Torrence scissor-kick Angela Landsbury!

Posted by: mtidball | November 14, 2008 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Betts is not Clinton Portis.... lets get real...

Posted by: rlomax67 | November 14, 2008 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Hey, Poopy McPoop or Catherine, the Great, or whoever you are:
How about having some Redskins Pride and stick to football and talk porn on another website?! Thanks.

Posted by: MrMerkin | November 14, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Ok poop, I'll ask. How do you know?

Posted by: p_chuck | November 14, 2008 6:46 PM | Report abuse

My son arrived home with his report card today....and in the comments it wrote:

" From my expertise, your son's potential is unmeasurable because he has an inate ablility to follow 3 steps behind people at all times"

Leigh Torrence

Posted by: --RBY | November 14, 2008 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, channel the rude hate towards the enemy..Dirty porn talk is not kosher, Hassam..But I stick to the veracity of that George Carlin story..

Posted by: frak | November 14, 2008 10:10 PM | Report abuse

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