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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Status of Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain still unclear

By Jason Reid

The status of running backs Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain is unknown for the upcoming game against the Tennessee Titans, Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday.

"I really don't know, 'cause we didn't go full speed today. We really didn't test 'em very hard," Shanahan said after practice at Redskins Park. "But Ryan is still hampered. He didn't practice today. He didn't get any reps. But Clinton was out there, you know, practicing today."

Portis has been sidelined since suffering a severe groin tear in the Week 4 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Although the nine-year veteran experienced swelling and soreness in his groin area while participating in practice last week, he had hoped to return to the lineup during Monday's 59-28 blowout loss to the Eagles at FedEx Field.

The Redskins listed Portis among their inactive players for the game, but Torain was active. The second-year back was expected to start after sitting out the second half of the Redskins' previous game, the Week 8 loss to Detroit, but apparently aggravated his hamstring injury during pregame warm-ups.

With running back Chad Simpson also inactive, rookie Keiland Williams carried most of the load. Williams rushed for 89 yards (with a 5.6-yard average) and two touchdowns, and caught four passes for 50 yards and another touchdown.

Shanahan said he hopes to learn more about the status of the team's top two backs after practice Thursday.

"Everything was half to three-quarter speed, nothing more" on Wednesday, Shanahan said.

With a short week after a Monday night game, Shanahan gave players a chance to recover physically, conducting practice without pads and reducing the length of the session.

"All of a sudden, you've got about a day-and-a-half recovery time," he said. "It [would] be like practicing full speed on a Tuesday [when players are off during normal weeks].

"It's very tough on your body, but you want to get all the reps in practice. We went through a full practice, we just didn't put as much pressure on 'em physically as we normally do."

Brandon Banks who played Monday against the Eagles just 12 days after undergoing knee surgery, "was a little sore today," Shanahan said. "Hopefully, there's not a big setback there. I wasn't surprised because with the way he worked out the day before the game, he looked like he was pretty healthy."

The rookie averaged 26.3 yards on six kickoff returns, with a long gain of 38 yards. He also had six yards on one punt return and two fair catches.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers has a hamstring injury, Shanahan said. "How serious it is, I'll get a little bit better indication tomorrow," he said.

Right tackle Jammal Brown is scheduled to undergo a concussion test, "either later on today or tomorrow, but I feel fairly good about him," Shanahan said. "He felt good yesterday, he worked out [and] he's had no problems. Hopefully, the tests go well."

By Jason Reid  | November 17, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis, Running backs, Ryan Torain  
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Recovery time? At least Albert should be good to go. After all, he did get a nap in

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 17, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Well, like DUH already.

At least as it pertains to CP26.

Have not known a time in the last two-plus seasons when his status was not "unclear."

And don't even bother to consider his unique style of "U" gradu-macated linguistics.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 17, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Name me one team in the last 20 years that has done a complete roster purge and has even sniffed the Super Bowl.

Sorry: I'm just not into trivia.

I just want to see a competitive football team.

I want the skins to be like the stillers, pats, ravens, colts, titans, giants, eagles, etc. who season in and season out, are tough teams to beat.

Teams that year in and year out are ready to make a run for a ring.

Those teams aren't frittering away draft picks on injured players or past their prime types.

Those teams don't have too many 'big name' contract guys who underperform like bad stock.

Those teams--and their fans--know that winning or 'sniffin'' the Super Bowl is the exception, not the rule.

What some of us wantedafter back to back last place redskin NFC East finishes is someone to come in, clean house, and build a competitve team.

We all have patience for the proper use of draft picks and low cost free agents.

That's how you become competitive last time I checked.

But the man from Denver chose to 'win now'.

From my memory, the Road to the Super Bowl is littered with teams trying to 'win now.'

And that road is the one the competitive teams travel confidently to get to the Super Bowl.

While the 'win now' teams lie like road kill and just get in the way.

Posted by: gimmesummoe | November 17, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Albert said he got taken out by friendly fire (holiday) and then said he heard a whistle. What a fat POS.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 17, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I get, the bloggas are saying if AH would've gotten up, that play would have made the difference. BS. AH is and will always be a target regardless of how he does on the field.

Posted by: dcwun | November 17, 2010 2:43 PM

Problem is, a photograph of Albert laying on the field face-down like a beached whale is a perfect summation of the Skins D's performance.

Poster children aren't chosen at random.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 17, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: gimmesummoe | November 17, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Tell it like it is.

Coach isn't stupid, we just have to hope he isn't too stubborn. Come to Jesus, Shanny!

Posted by: Pepper5 | November 17, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

AH is and will always be a target regardless of how he does on the field.

Posted by: dcwun | November 17, 2010 2:43 PM

This is a man who stomped a guy in the face with his cleats while the guy was lying on the ground defenseless. You want to make Haynesworth out to be a victim? You're an imbecile.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 17, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Come to Jesus, Shanny!

Posted by: Pepper5 | November 17, 2010 4:12 PM |

The Crusades are over, Pope Pepper. Time to take your proselytizing over to the Christianity blog.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 17, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

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