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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 12/28/2010

Clinton Portis says his rehab is ahead of schedule

By Jason Reid

Running back Clinton Portis is ahead of schedule after season-ending abdomen surgery and remains determined to play again next season, he said in a radio interview Tuesday.

During his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan's The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner, Portis said he has exceeded expectations in his rehab work. Whether it's with the Redskins or another team, Portis said he is determined to return to the field in 2011.

"As far as me getting healthy, I think I'm pretty healthy," Portis said. "I think already did all the requirements that the doc asked me to do. I'm running, I'm doing the ladder, I'm jumping, my legs feel great. I could run routes today if given the opportunity.

"So I think I'll be perfectly healthy. I think I'll be perfectly fine. I actually feel like I could [play right now]. I think the surgery went great. ... I know I'm ahead of schedule. ... I think I'll be healthy and looking forward to next season."

Kushner suggested the Redskins erred in assigning him to the season-ending injured reserve, but Portis disagreed.

"I wouldn't say that," he said. "No one knew that the recovery would be this quick."

The Redskins have not informed Portis whether he is in their long-term plans.

"I don't need to sit around and worry, man," he said. "My mind-set is the enjoyment. It was good times and bad times that I had in this area. The good times were great - '05, '07 - having that run. Going through the death of Sean T. [Taylor] and seeing the team come together. And for a whole region, a whole area a whole city [uniting after Taylor's death].

"All the bad times, all the comment, 'Oh, Clinton this and Clinton that.' ... For me, it's enjoyment. Nobody could ever say I gave up. Nobody could ever say I turned my back on the team. For me not practicing or anything else, on Sunday when the film came on, I tried to fight and gave everything I had for the player standing next to me, trying to help them and trying to win for this city."

If the Redskins do not attempt to re-sign him, Portis said he will leave content.

"I'm okay," he said. "If it don't work out here, I'm okay with walking away with a smile on my face and understanding it's business."

By Jason Reid  | December 28, 2010; 11:45 AM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis  
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Comments

I love Clinton, and I have long hoped he would break the Skins all-time rushing record, but it won't break my heart if he's wearing someone else's uniform next season.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 28, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Kushner suggested the Redskins erred in assigning him to the season-ending injured reserve, but Portis disagreed.

By Jason Reid | December 28, 2010; 11:45 AM ET

Why? Because we still have the playoffs yet to go?

Posted by: PlayAction | December 28, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Centers:

Mike Pouncey OC 6'5" 309 Florida 93 1 19
Rodney Hudson OC 6'2½" 277 Florida State 85 2 44
Stefen Wisniewski OC 6'3" 293 Penn State 70 3 103
Kris O'Dowd OC 6'4" 298 USC 60 4 140
Zane Taylor OC 6'1½" 298 Utah 46 5
Chase Beeler OC 6'2½" 273 Stanford 39 6
Ryan Pugh OC 6'1" 293 Auburn 37 7
Ryan McMahon OC 6'1½" 282 Florida State 32 8
Alexander Linnenkohl OC 6'2" 299 Oregon State 30 9
Kevin Kowalski OC 6'3" 295 Toledo 30 10

Posted by: mhartz1 | December 28, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

DT - good draft for Dline

Nick Fairley DT 6'4½" 299 Auburn 97 1 3
Marcell Dareus DT 6'2⅝" 303 Alabama 96 2 8
Stephen Paea DT 6'1" 304 Oregon State 95 3 10
Drake Nevis DT 6'0½" 289 LSU 91 4 28
Corey Liuget DT 6'3" 300 Illinois 90 5 30
Marvin Austin DT 6'2¾" 303 North Carolina 87 6 38
Jurrell Casey DT 6'0¾" 300 USC 82 7 54
Terrell McClain DT 6'1½" 298 South Florida 80 8 62
Jared Crick DT 6'5½" 288 Nebraska 71 9 98
Kenrick Ellis DT 6'4½" 336 Hampton 69 10 108

Posted by: mhartz1 | December 28, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

no to taking a rb early next year....grab a G/RT/C with the first 3 picks....NE seems to be doing well with their RB combo of Woodhead/Green Ellis, both of whom were not drafted...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 28, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

It'd be nice if Shanahan landed a home-run hitter RB like Lamichael or Williams from VT, but I hope zee Portis sticks around...He's still great when he's rested..

Posted by: frak | December 28, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

I'd love to see him stick around as a third down back. The man is an awesome blocker and would be good for a change of pace too. Just might get the rushing record as a roll player.

Posted by: wireman65 | December 28, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

QB is too glaring an issue for the Skins NOT to try to land one in the 1st or 2nd, but drafting interior of the line always makes sense..Jamaal's hip could be healed enough to forego RT, Beanhead..

Posted by: frak | December 28, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

Greg, if we are not going QB in rd 1, and they don't trade back, then DT/DE or OLB is the pick in rd 1.

No to interior OL w/top 15-18 pick.

My preference is DT or OLB if can't trade back.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 28, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton Portis says his rehab is ahead of schedule"


Great news...for his next NFL team...

He'll be a New Orleans Saint next year. Book it!

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 28, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Unless it's a franchise RT, there's not way I take a O-lineman with a 1st round pick. The Redskins should take a QB or the best player available with the 1st pick or trade back.

We need everything...some are up in arms that we are projected to take a CB...we need one of those too!

Posted by: rickyroge | December 28, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Mc5 is on 980 right now and he sounds like a freaking whiny doosh who is struggling to keep up the charade of being the guy that always takes the high road.

He aint fooling me. Anyone else?

He's a terrible speaker and is incapable of putting together a coherent though relative to the accusations and condemnation of the Redskins organization.

He's acting like his agent has a right to say all that crap but refuses to give his opinion on whether he agrees with his loser agent's words or not.

I hate McNabb and he's being exposed for the passive-aggressive jackoff he really is.

His agent is the one who should be ridiculed for getting Mc5 to sign a contract that gives the Skins 100% of the control from right now to the day before the first game of the season.

MCNABB IS A F U C K I N G LOSER!!!!!!!!

Let the Cardinals, Vikes and maybe someone else fight over him and pass us a 5th or maybe a 4th round pick.

Jesus, listen to this guy. What a class A doosh!

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 28, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Some OLB that will be available where we will be drafting:


Akeem Ayers OLB 6'4 255 Junior (RS) UCLA

Ayers has long been one of my favorite prospects for the upcoming draft. An extremely athletic linebacker Ayers shows great effort and a non stop motor on the field. He seems to live in the opposition backfield and even shows the ability to drop back into coverage if needed. His flexibility will allow him to flourish in either a 4-3 or 3-4 defensive scheme at the next level. UCLA had a horrible season which kept Ayers from getting some national spotlight, but this is one of the top defensive players in the nation.

Travis Lewis OLB 6'2 232 Junior (RS) Oklahoma

Coming off another great season for the Sooners Lewis has cemented his status as a first round selection in our view. This is what we wrote about him in our preseason rankings, and it still holds true - "Lewis' name popped up in most 1st round mocks last season, but the RS Sophomore decided to return for his Junior season. A tackling machine, he has amassed amazing productivity while in Norman. Lewis shows great speed to the ball and seems to be in on every tackle. Very skilled and instinctual ballplayer with an un-ending motor. Would be best suited for the 3-4 style in the NFL in our opinion as he has a knack for rushing the quarterback."

Von Miller OLB 6'3 243 Senior Texas A&M

Was the incumbent top rush linebacking prospect coming into the season, but has dealt with injuries this year at A&M. In recent weeks however he has shown flashes once again of the player that had draftniks abuzz last season and was thought to be be a top 15 pick. Miller has amazing speed from his spot to the backfield. For teams who run the 3-4 defense in the NFL Miller makes an interesting prospect with his knack for getting to the QB. Must prove he can be a complete player though, not just a one trick pony.

Justin Houston DE/OLB 6'3 259 Junior Georgia

If it's possible for a guy with 7 sacks as a Sophomore in the SEC to be flying under the radar, then that was Justin Houston coming into this season. You still won't find his name on many 2011 mocks, but we've had him in the first round since our September 16th Mock and he continues to be a favorite of ours. He took his game to the next level this season with 10 sacks and became a leader of the Bulldog D. A versatile football player Houston switches between stand up LB and putting his hand in the dirt on the edge. Very good speed, size and instincts. Displays the ability to make plays when dropping back into coverage, good athlete. Would make any 3-4 defensive coordinator very happy.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 28, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Centers:

Mike Pouncey OC 6'5" 309 Florida 93 1 19
Rodney Hudson OC 6'2½" 277 Florida State 85 2 44
Stefen Wisniewski OC 6'3" 293 Penn State 70 3 103
Kris O'Dowd OC 6'4" 298 USC 60 4 140
Zane Taylor OC 6'1½" 298 Utah 46 5
Chase Beeler OC 6'2½" 273 Stanford 39 6
Ryan Pugh OC 6'1" 293 Auburn 37 7
Ryan McMahon OC 6'1½" 282 Florida State 32 8
Alexander Linnenkohl OC 6'2" 299 Oregon State 30 9
Kevin Kowalski OC 6'3" 295 Toledo 30 10

Posted by: mhartz1 | December 28, 2010 11:53 AM


I know you want a low center of gravity and all, but....

Is that a small crop of Centers or what? There is only one 300 pounder in the group. Was hoping for something in the 315 range to take on those 345 pound NT's.

Posted by: edvar | December 28, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton Portis says his rehab is ahead of schedule"


Great news...for his next NFL team...

He'll be a New Orleans Saint next year. Book it!

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 28, 2010 12:15 PM |

Yeah, someone worse at this stage of their career than the last Redskin they picked up (Betts).

That's the ticket.

I see him being picked up by the Colts or Patriots or even the Packers given their sub-par RB 'situ.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 28, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse


no to taking a rb early next year....grab a G/RT/C with the first 3 picks....NE seems to be doing well with their RB combo of Woodhead/Green Ellis, both of whom were not drafted...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 28, 2010 11:57 AM |
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we already picked the only o-line position a team should select in the first round at LT. draft o-line in the later rounds. QB or OLB, pick your poison

Posted by: hessone | December 28, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Portis needs to stay here and play on God's Natural Grass, its easier on ol' running backs..

Your right about NE, Beantown (we all appreciate the technical saavy of Bean, TWISI, et al..me just a fanatic), if we had a FORTRESS offensive line back there protecting a Newton or a Mallett, we could field our no name youngins at RB all day and have a top offense..Oh yeah, and Portis..

Posted by: frak | December 28, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

we already picked the only o-line position a team should select in the first round at LT. draft o-line in the later rounds. QB or OLB, pick your poison

Posted by: hessone | December 28, 2010 12:29 PM |

Agreed. If a team has a 1st round pick, there are really only a few things you should look at:

Take a franchise-level QB

Take a O/LT

Take a pass-rushing DL/DE

Take a pass-rushing LB

Unless the prospect is a "can't miss" or a "once in 20 years guy", stick with the above or trade down and stockpile picks.

Book the hell out of me.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 28, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

"Clinton Portis says his rehab is ahead of schedule"

Great news...for his next NFL team...

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 28, 2010 12:15 PM

Haha...we should trade CP for a 2nd rounder while his value is high!

Hey...where is my Tuesday Redskins Show that I never watch?

Posted by: PlayAction | December 28, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. If a team has a 1st round pick, there are really only a few things you should look at:

Take a franchise-level QB

Take a O/LT

Take a pass-rushing DL/DE

Take a pass-rushing LB

Unless the prospect is a "can't miss" or a "once in 20 years guy", stick with the above or trade down and stockpile picks.

Book the hell out of me.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 28, 2010 12:35 PM

Add shut down CB and game changing Safety or WR to that list, but they must posses extraordinary size, power, range, skills.

Like you said - a can't miss type like Sean Taylor, Deon or Reggie Wayne.

Posted by: edvar | December 28, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. If a team has a 1st round pick, there are really only a few things you should look at:

Take a franchise-level QB

Take a O/LT

Take a pass-rushing DL/DE

Take a pass-rushing LB

Unless the prospect is a "can't miss" or a "once in 20 years guy", stick with the above or trade down and stockpile picks.

Book the hell out of me.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 28, 2010 12:35 PM
++++++++++++++++++++++++++
If you're in the bottom half of the first round, I would suggest that you can add CB to that list.

Posted by: smurff1 | December 28, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

DIK!! HOW THE HELL YOU GONNA FIND THE LZ IN ALL DIS SNOW??

Posted by: frak | December 28, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I don't know how Holden Kushner finds time to co-host a radio show, between his cougar wife and his camera commercials.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 28, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

DM5 Beeps

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 28, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

I don't necessarily care about position in the draft, so long as you take the guy who has the highest chance of improving your team.

That said, I think our weakest link on the D is the NT/Weak Side DE duo, and upgrading that would make a lot of people better. On the offensive side, things are little murkier, but you'd be hard pressed to argue that this team couldn't improve with a reliable Center or RB.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | December 28, 2010 12:58 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about this draft? No need to argue about what position to go for ... it doesn't matter because they are desperate everywhere!

Posted by: Rational_Man | December 28, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The best thing about this draft? No need to argue about what position to go for ... it doesn't matter because they are desperate everywhere!

Posted by: Rational_Man | December 28, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

As much as I love CP, we have to have a back that is going to play majority of games. We can't be paying guys like Portis millions of dollars for 4-8 games per year.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | December 28, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Instead of all this talk about Nabb and Cooley and WR's, how about building a defense? D won that game for us last Sunday, and if we had last years D, we'd have won 4 or 5 more games this year! We need an O line and Defense!! That's what wins games...

Posted by: Riggo2 | December 28, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I know you want a low center of gravity and all, but....

Is that a small crop of Centers or what? There is only one 300 pounder in the group. Was hoping for something in the 315 range to take on those 345 pound NT's.

Posted by: edvar | December 28, 2010 12:26 PM
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Shanahan's zone scheme would rarely have a center take on a 345lb NT stratight on. More often than not, the center will chip the NT and than try to hit a guy in the second level, or they'd just have him cut block the guy all day.

Posted by: kerrdawg | December 28, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

It would be OK to have Portis back next year but only as a backup and only for the league minimum for a veteren.

Posted by: DaveLopan | December 28, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

Trade or release McNabb & Portis...Its time for fresh talent..

Posted by: McleanVa09 | December 29, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Trade or release McNabb & Portis...Its time for fresh talent..

Posted by: McleanVa09 | December 29, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

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