Status of Clinton Portis and Ryan Torain still unclear
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."
| November 17, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories: Clinton Portis, Running backs, Ryan Torain
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