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Clinton Portis says he's '50-50' to play against Tennessee Titans

By Jason Reid

After sitting out the Redskins' embarrassing 59-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, running back Clinton Portis now hopes to return to the lineup for the upcoming game against the Tennessee Titans, 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, who has been sidelined since suffering a severe groin tear Oct. 3, said he wants to play in Week 11 at LP Field.

"I mean, you know, that's what I'm aiming toward," Portis said. "But it's gonna be the same, you know, going through the week and showing, you know, an improvement from the beginning of the week to the end. And that'll be able to go get back on the field. I just got to be safe."

The odds of Portis returning to the lineup against the Titans are "50-50," he said. It all depends on whether Portis can "get through the week with no setbacks."

Portis experienced swelling and soreness in his groin area while practicing last week. As the week progressed, it appeared increasingly doubtful that he would return to face the Eagles.

After Portis suffered the injury in the 17-12 victory against the Eagles in Week 4 at Lincoln Financial Field, Coach Mike Shanahan said the team expected Portis to be sidelined for as long as six weeks. As of Sunday, Portis has missed six weeks.

With Ryan Torain's lingering hamstring problem, the Redskins definitely could have used Portis against the Eagles. Torain practiced at full speed several days last week, Shanahan said, providing encouraging signs about his ability to contribute in the big-stage game.

After sitting out the second half of the 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 8, Torain was among the Redskins' active players against the Eagles. But Torain aggravated his hamstring injury during pregame warmups, Shanahan said, and could not play.

Running back Chad Simpson was among the team's inactive players and James Davis, a promising practice squad back, was not added to the 53-man active roster for the game. Rookie running back Keiland Williams, a former undrafted free agent, was the Redskins' only active back.

Williams had a big game, rushing for 89 yards (with a 5.6-yard average) and two touchdowns and catching four passes for 50 yards and another touchdown. Although Williams is better than Torain at picking up blitzes, he is not as good as Portis, and quarterback Donovan McNabb needed as much help as he could get.

Portis is among the players still on the roster who played in the New England Patriots' 52-7 rout of the Redskins in 2007. He gained 27 yards on 11 rushes as the Redskins were dominated from the outset in that game as well.

After the Eagles' dominant performance Monday night, many Redskins players acknowledged they were embarrassed by their performance. Portis was stunned.

"I think it was kinda shocking," Ports said. "You would never expect that, being down twenty-eight to thirty-five to nothing that quick. I think that was shocking.

"As far as the mood [of the team], everybody was embarrassed. After a fifty-nine to twenty-eight defeat, there's not much the coach has to say. I don't think you put that on the coach."

Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was outstanding, Portis said.

"I mean, they were on point last night," Portis said of the Eagles. "Michael Vick played like a creative player on a video game. They just had it going for them."

By Jason Reid  | November 16, 2010; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis  
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"As far as the mood [of the team], everybody was embarrassed. After a fifty-nine to twenty-eight defeat, there's not much the coach has to say. I don't think you put that on the coach."

By Jason Reid | November 16, 2010; 10:30 AM ET

I'm with BeantownGreg on this. Let's put it on Roydell Williams and Stephon Heyer. Cut 'em. Joey Gallloway. Cut him. Super Bowl!

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

I like the McNabb signing. For those who think it is a bad move for a team trying to build, which is worse: (1) trading two draft picks for an above-average-to-very-good QB for *one year* OR (2) trading two draft picks for an above-average-to-very-good QB for several years.

Obviously, it is the latter. It allows the Skins to use their remaining draft picks on the numerous other holes rather than betting a first rounder on a QB that has more than a 50% chance of busting and will probably take years to develop even if he does succeed. The two picks for McNabb are gone. Nothing can be done about that. So the question is do you want to have those picks lock down QB for 3 or 4 years or not?

Posted by: mhaslup1 | November 16, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Hopefully we can score a draft pick or 2 from Arizona for him in the offseason.

Posted by: Original_etrod | November 16, 2010 11:34 AM

Thanks for showing me the light! We control his dsestination......

We need lineman....both sides....and draft picks....pick up some random qb with high football IQ who isn't predicted to go in the top 10......like Colt McCoy next year......

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 16, 2010 11:40 AM | Report abuse

yeah beep, because they're just contributing so much to the team....

liked what williams showed last night, same with DYoung...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse


beeps

Posted by: hessone | November 16, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

McNabb's "guaranteed money" is worth about the same as Beantown's bonus points.

Follow the leader to the new post. Follow

beep beep

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

The Egals just scored again!!! This is getting out of hand!

Posted by: rlomax67 | November 16, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Since the alleged journalist for the WPs sports section aren't very good maybe they can provide treatments for Cps injured groin.
Cheese Punk and JR can provide hourly massages to the area

Posted by: sheepherder | November 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Don't even bother Portis. This ship is sinking! There is nothing you can do to make this team better.

Dan Snyder has destroyed our team. Dan Snyder get the Hell out of D.C. Go ride a roller coaster you loser!

Posted by: ekbinion68 | November 16, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Don't even bother Portis. This ship is sinking! There is nothing you can do to make this team better.

Dan Snyder has destroyed our team. Dan Snyder get the Hell out of D.C. Go ride a roller coaster you loser!

Posted by: ekbinion68 | November 16, 2010 7:01 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, he's 50/50 alright! Fifty percent worthless and fifty percent incapacitated!
He could go to the Zoo and watch the turtles zip by.

Can't they get him a job at the White House scheduling vacations or something?

Posted by: burro2 | November 16, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Portis seems to be the longest carryover of all that is wrong with the Redskins. That comment is directly related to the old stories of being Snyders guy and getting special treatment. He needs to rise up and GET THE HECK OUT ON THE FIELD. Cmon this 50-50 and I am not sure is plain BS. Show that it's not about getting paid abd brown nosing the check writer. Go BALL and do it now because the ship is sinking and we need some effort here. I am really tired of this by him. So many things from the snyder/zorn regime is killing this team.

Posted by: Nick-FFX | November 16, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

Some of the radio guys had it right today. Mcnabb signing was good but only because you had no other option. If you look at what WE HAVE to get: o-line, running back (since Torrain has portis-itis), a playmaker WR. There is no room to go after a big QB so if the alternative is McNabb, considering, sounds pretty good.

Posted by: Nick-FFX | November 16, 2010 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Even Port-ass is smart enough not to be in any hurry to get out there with those losers.

Posted by: tigger0705 | November 17, 2010 11:06 AM | Report abuse

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