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Posted at 3:14 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Clinton Portis tore abdominal muscle vs. Titans

By Jason Reid

Running back Clinton Portis tore an abdominal muscle and must undergo surgery, prompting the Redskins to assign him to season-ending injured reserve for the second time in as many years, Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday.

Addressing reporters after practice at Redskins Park, Shanahan confirmed the team plans to be without Portis, who will be placed on injured reserve soon, for the remainder of the season. Shanahan said he informed Portis of the decision during a lengthy conversation Tuesday night, after Dr. James Andrews, the Redskins' senior orthopedic consultant, told him Portis would require surgery for the injury that occurred early in the Week 11 victory over Tennessee.

The nine-year veteran returned to the lineup against the Titans after sitting out five games with a third-degree groin tear he suffered in Week 4 against Philadelphia. Portis pushed himself to return this season, "and it really is disappointing, 'cause he worked so hard to get to where he was at," Shanahan said. "You know, a lot of hard work.

"He was encouraging all the other players. He was just a big part of this football team. You hate to see a person work that hard and not get an opportunity to finish the season. And he was ready to play and he did play. He played exceptionally well."

Portis suffered the new injury early in the game at LP Field when a Titans defensive player grabbed and pulled his leg. "Right above the groin area he tore a new ... in the lower abdomen, he's going to have surgery in that area," Shanahan said. "It'll take some time to get that well."

An MRI exam did not reveal any further damage to Portis's torn groin, but did show "something new above the area that he [initially] tore," Shanahan said. "So they have to have surgery in that area, and it'll be a couple of months before he can get back. Unfortunately, it's a season-ending injury."

Portis was supposed to have surgery Wednesday, Shanahan said, but the procedure has been postponed. "I'm not sure exactly when it's planned," he said. "But he is gonna have surgery."

On Sunday, Portis ran well in the first quarter while playing for the first time since Oct. 3. He ran for 32 yards (a 6.4-yard average) and caught one pass for a 14-yard gain.

After the game, however, Portis acknowledged he was not fully recovered from the groin injury. He played because he believed he owed it to the team, especially with second-year running back Ryan Torain still out with a hamstring injury.

On Wednesday, Shanahan reiterated that he still considered second-year back Ryan Torain, sidelined the past two weeks because of a lingering hamstring injury, to be a long shot to play this week against the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field.

In five games, Portis rushed for 227 yards (with a 4.2-yard average) this season, giving him 6,824 yards in his Redskins career. Portis ranks second to Hall of Famer John Riggins (7,472 yards) on the all-time franchise list.

With his base salary of almost $7.2 million and bonuses, Portis will be paid almost $7.7 million this season. Although it is possible Portis's career with the Redskins and in the NFL could be finished, Shanahan said he believes Portis could have productive years ahead of him.

"I don't think there's any question about it," Shanahan said. "He's got such a strong will. It all depends on does he come back a hundred percent? Does he want to come back and play? He's got that inner drive that most people don't have. He wants to compete. But obviously, he's got to get well."

By Jason Reid  | November 24, 2010; 3:14 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis  
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Comments

Sounds to me like criticism of Shanny for letting him play is unfounded, given this new information.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 24, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Done.

Posted by: TeeSkins | November 24, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

So long Clinton! Times Up!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 24, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

So long Clinton! Times Up!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 24, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

So long Clinton! Times Up!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 24, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Good RB get old quick!!!!! SEE YA!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 24, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Good RB get old quick!!!!! SEE YA!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 24, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Good RB get old quick!!!!! SEE YA!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 24, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Good RB get old quick!!!!! SEE YA!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 24, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Good RB get old quick!!!!! SEE YA!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | November 24, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

What's going on with Landry? We keep hearing it's a heal problem, but to what extent?

Bruised heel, aggravated planter fascia or partially torn Achilles tendon? Big difference. When will HE be back? There's a player that makes a difference.

Who cares about Rabach, can't get much worse whether he's in or not, and we've lived without Portis for weeks on end already.

Posted by: edvar | November 24, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

LongTimeSkinsFan,
why all the glee about portis' injuries?

i mean, it's one thing to say he won't be on the team next year - which might easily have happened injury or not, for salary reasons - but it's another to rejoice in the his injuries... sheesh...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | November 24, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Good RB get old quick!!!!! SEE YA!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan

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Genius alert.

Posted by: AdamCr | November 24, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Portis has always been a disappointment. I do not question is heart. He gave 100% but he was never that great of a back. He lasted way too long.

Posted by: SSTK34 | November 24, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Edvar, Landry sounds like achilles is inflamed for sure, maybe a partial tear if they're worried about a rupture? Usually this is at muscle/tendon junction in calf. I'm guessing not heel or foot.

So Portis has a sports hernia, hand in hand with groin injury. The recovery from this isn't particularly gruesome or difficult. If he keeps up the habits he adopted this offseason and still wants to play, he could play next season effectively barring new injuries.

BTW, I'm one of the ones who said he had lost a step or three at the end of last season and thought he should be cut. He showed me he still has a little somethin left...for third downs or 8-12 reps per game, not full load.

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 24, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

If you look at Redskins.com and check out the jerseys, you can buy any of these four for only $20:

Thomas 11
Campbell 17
Washington 53
Randle El 82

(p1funk was up here earlier hallucinating that the Redskins will re-sign Devin Thomas so his jersey may cost more on Monday.)

Meanwhile, there are 19 other Redskins jerseys that cost $80 right now:

McNabb 5
Kelly 12
Hall 23
Portis 26
Landry 30
Moore 41
Torain 46
Cooley 47
Horton 48
Fletcher 59
Rabach 61
Williams 71
Galloway 84
Davis 86
Moss 89
Haynesworth 92
Carriker 94
Kemoeatu 96
Orakpo 98

My question is, if you wait until opening day next year, how many of these high-priced jerseys will be moved to the bargain bin? I'm going with four: Kelly, Portis, Galloway and Haynesworth.

And, by the way, whoever decided on the list of jerseys is probably out a job for not choosing Banks or Armstrong.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 24, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Portis has always been a disappointment. I do not question is heart. He gave 100% but he was never that great of a back. He lasted way too long.

Posted by: SSTK34 | November 24, 2010 3:41 PM

Is that you Riggo?

Posted by: PlayAction | November 24, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: beep-beep | November 24, 2010 3:45 PM

Rare re-post from you beepster...well you did put alot of work into it!

Anyways, Happy Thanksgiving from Monk and I =)

Posted by: PlayAction | November 24, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Is that you Riggo?

Posted by: PlayAction | November 24, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Got to be some kind of motive for that statement. This is a tough division and a crappy football team. He's lasted a lot longer than most of the other backs have. Who lasted longer than him recently? Tiki Barber? Brian Westbrook?

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 24, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Pulitzer beeps

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 24, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

So long Clinton! Times Up!
Good RB get old quick!!!!! SEE YA!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan

Don't be a D!ck. The dude deserves more respect than that.....

Posted by: dcwun | November 24, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Portis has always been a disappointment. I do not question is heart. He gave 100% but he was never that great of a back. He lasted way too long.

Posted by: SSTK34 | November 24, 2010 3:41

His numbers in his 1st 4 years would suggest otherwise. Is he a Hofer? No, but a very good RB who changed his running style to fit this team.

I do think CP will be back at a reduced rate....

Posted by: dcwun | November 24, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Good RB get old quick!!!!! SEE YA!

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan

And you call yourself a fan?

Portis has been a great running back for this team. Great runner with several 1,000 yard seasons - they don't come easy. Not to mention a averaging over 4 yards a carry. Rarely fumbles. Fantastic blocker, one of the best IMO. And a very good pass option.

Hate him if you want, but ya're delusional if you say he wasn't, at the very minimum, a very good running back. I'd take him back next year.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | November 24, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Who the ef would buy a Rabach jersey? There are way too many times each game I yell at my TV, "F*ck you, Casey Rabach!"

Posted by: alizadk | November 24, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Pro football seems to be getting more violent each year based on the career-ending injuries inflicted an these still young men.

Good luck, Portis. Take the money and run.

Posted by: DardenCavalcade1 | November 24, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

He'll have to EARN his way onto the team next year.... He wont make it because he has a $7 million guaranteed contract. This makes two seasons in a row... the guy rips his O Line in public? I'd cut his a&S on general principal. Good Bye LOSER!

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | November 24, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Riggins team record for total yards is safe. We have now officially concluded the Portis Era. Adios, Clinton, take Danny's $7 mill and move along...please.

Posted by: howjensen | November 24, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

I hope CP can make it back, he has been a good player and still can be a good player. I do not know where all of the hate for Portis comes from, he just wanted to win.

Posted by: m_p_holmes | November 24, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

All this talk of Riggo and his record. If Portis had the O line that Riggo had Portis would have had 8,000 yards easy. Since Portis has been with the redskins most of his yards have come the hard way, he has had to earn every single one.

Posted by: m_p_holmes | November 24, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Honestly, why would any Redskins fan want Portis to break Riggins record? Riggins was a winner. Portis... not so much.

I like Portis as much as the next guy, but Riggins is a legend.

The football gods made sure Portis ran out of gas before he passed Riggins. Portis is done. Time to move on.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | November 24, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

I believe we have seen the last of CP in the burgundy and gold.

Posted by: BigTrees | November 24, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Reading Mike Wise's column and some of these posts...I guess this is NOT the same Poris who didn't practice,wasn't in shape and went down from first bump the last three years ?

It would have been a shame if he had broken Riggins' record...

Posted by: petebowling1 | November 25, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

I think Portis' return is up to Portis. If he dedicates himself to training as he did this past offseason AND is willing to take a reduced role (something he seems willing to do) AND (and this is the BIG 'AND') is willing to take a sizable paycut (i.e. renegotiate his deal for less guaranteed $), sure, he could come back. Depends how bad he wants to compete and/or break the Skins' career rushing record.

IMHO, his pass blocking alone is worth the roster spot, but again, he needs to take a cut in pay as a 3rd down, no STeams RB.

Posted by: hogmeister | November 25, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

I THINK He is not HURT.... I know too many people who know him directly and they told me at the start of this season that he would not play the whole season and would be retiring at the end of the season... He is not injured..... want proof check him out at his party today at the National Harbor! pahahahahaha

Posted by: Ricoblaq | November 28, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I think Portis' return is up to Portis. If he dedicates himself to training as he did this past offseason AND is willing to take a reduced role (something he seems willing to do) AND (and this is the BIG 'AND') is willing to take a sizable paycut, sure, he could come back. Depends how bad he wants to compete and/or break the Skins' career rushing record.

IMHO, his pass blocking alone is worth the roster spot, but again, he needs to take a cut in pay as a 3rd down, no STeams RB.

Posted by: hogmeister | November 25, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

I THINK He is not HURT.... I know too many people who know him directly and they told me at the start of this season that he would not play the whole season and would be retiring at the end of the season... He is not injured..... want proof check him out at his party today at the National Harbor! pahahahahaha

Posted by: Ricoblaq | November 28, 2010 11:43 AM
*****
Could be the case RicoSuave - how can I check him out @ that party? Do you have pics? And unless they show him doing the limbo @ that party, they really wouldn't mean squat. I've torn ab muscles before, and there's nothing about that injury that would prevent one from standing erect, or sitting in a chair (the two most common postures one might assume at a party). Now, it WOULD prevent one from dancing w/o pain, especially a limbo-type motion, and I suppose doing the horizontal mambo could pose some problems as well, but sans those pics, I'm gonna need more than your hearsay from the "many people that know him directly" before I buy into the idea that Portis is faking and the Redskins are going along for the ride.

Tell me what happens next - do surgeons, nurses, anesthetists, hospital administrators, etc. all agree to slice open a perfectly healthy Clinton Portis, or does they merely conspire to all lie about it to the press? Either way, this conspiracy by necessity involves the Redskins, the NFL, Clinton Portis and the medical and insurance community. Riiiiiiiiight....

Btw, please give Jimmy Hoffa, Tupak and the space men @ Area 51 my best.

Posted by: hogmeister | November 30, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

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