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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 11/24/2010

Teammates feel loss of veteran Clinton Portis

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese

As news spread quickly through the Redskins locker room Wednesday that Clinton Portis would be placed on season-ending injured reserve, his teammates expressed how much the veteran running back would be missed.

"It's a huge blow," rookie left tackle Trent Williams said. "He's one of the leaders on this offense and somebody who everybody looked up to because he's been getting it done for a [lot] of years. It's tough for the game, but we got to keep ticking."

Portis, 29, also was placed on injured reserve last Dec. 8 because of a concussion he suffered on Nov. 8 against the Atlanta Falcons. During the past two seasons, Portis has played in a total of 13 games. In the final guaranteed season of his contract, Portis has a base salary of almost $7.2 million.

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This season, the nine-year veteran sat out five games after suffering a third-degree groin tear in the Week 4 victory against Philadelphia. Not surprisingly, Portis suffered setbacks in his return to practice, but he still pushed to return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.

Portis aggravated his groin injury early in the game at LP Field when a Titans defensive player grabbed and pulled his leg. Playing for the first time since Oct. 3, Portis ran well in the first quarter, rushing for 32 yards (a 6.4-yard average) and catching one pass for a 14-yard gain.

After the game, however, Portis acknowledged he was not fully recovered from the injury. In a radio interview Tuesday, Portis said an MRI exam had revealed no further damage and that he hoped to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at FedEx Field. But now, Portis's season is over.

"That's going to be tough," DeAngelo Hall said. "He's a veteran guy, he's a guy who knows what's going on, knows the system and the scheme.

"But our young guys been doing pretty good. They been doing pretty good, so we'll put all the carries on their back and we'll ride them."

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

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  | November 24, 2010; 12:17 PM ET
Categories:  Clinton Portis, Running backs  
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Comments

Can't carry a guy on your roster who can't stay healthy even half the season, regardless of his veteran leadership.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 24, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Good riddens CP.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 24, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Good to see someone's injury makes you happy. Especially when they play for a team you are supposedly a fan of.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | November 24, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

So endeth an era (of sorts)

Dude played tough.

Time to build a new stable of RB studs - and the O line to bulldoze the way.

Posted by: edvar | November 24, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I expected to see Torain there first. I guess the Coach would rather wait for Torain than Portis to heal.

Posted by: bangkokben | November 24, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know how Portis aggravated his groin? Has this been reported?

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 24, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Just go ahead and cut-n-paste the quote/lines from my post(s) where I:

1) Said that DT got cut b/c of his salary

and/or

2) Openly lobbied/wished for his return

That's all you have to do.

Posted by: p1funk | November 24, 2010 12:11 PM

Already did that Mr. Reading Comprehension. Go back to my original post. I pasted your prediction that he would be "minimal contract." And, as a bonus, if you actually read my post, Mr. Reading Comprehension, you would see that NOWHERE in it did I say you were "lobbying" or "wishing" for his return. I disagreed with both your prediction -- that the Skins would resign him -- and with your reasoning that the 'Skins wanted him at a minimum price.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 24, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Ravens insider reporting that Redskins have signed RB Andre Brown off Bronco's PS. Brown is 2nd yr guy out of NC State.

Posted by: manlius1 | November 24, 2010 12:27 PM

Posted by: manlius1 | November 24, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Is "RedSkinHead" a redhead who likes the Redskins or a skinhead who likes the Redskins?

Posted by: manlius1 | November 24, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps a guy that likes to be orally pleasured by native american women?

Maybe he's bald and lives in the desert so
his head is constantly sunburned.

Maybe he's Dan snyder...the head of the Redskins.

O well, CP will get work either for us or for another team next year at a reduced cost.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 24, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

Ravens insider reporting that Redskins have signed RB Andre Brown off Bronco's PS. Brown is 2nd yr guy out of NC State.

Posted by: manlius1 | November 24, 2010 12:27 PM

Good inside runner, but he can't stay healthy.

Posted by: TWISI | November 24, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: TWISI | November 24, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | November 24, 2010 12:36 PM

all valid possibilities . . .

Posted by: manlius1 | November 24, 2010 12:39 PM | Report abuse

HIll's piece is crap. Race-baiting crap. That's all. Nothing sensible in it.

Posted by: p1funk | November 24, 2010 12:20 PM


Maybe, maybe not...all I'm saying is that sometimes I wonder when a guy who's done what McNabb has done in his career gets such a hard time and then guys like Favre and Cutler get lifetime passes to either be total d-bags or INT machines.

It also gives me pause when I consider that coaches like Norv Turner and Wade Phillips get not one, not two, but THREE HC gigs to prove their mediocrity and then Ray Rhodes and Art Shell don't get much of a fair shake after similar first jobs. Let's see how long it is before Marvin Lewis can land another HC gig after he leaves the Bengals this year...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 24, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 24, 2010 12:46 PM
--------------------------------------
excellent points...

Posted by: BootneyFarnsworth | November 24, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

As for having to get 10 wins to make the playoffs, I disagree. I don't see the Bears, Buccs or Giants reaching that mark.

Bears schedule:
Eagles
@ Lions
Patriots
@ Vikings
Jets
@ Packers

Buccs schedule:
@ Ravens
Falcons
@ Redskins
Lions
Seahawks
@ Saints

Giants schedule:
Jaguars
Redskins
@ Vikings
Eagles
@ Packers
@ Redskins


The 'skins can make the playoffs at 9-7 as long as they split with the Giants and beat the Buccs.

Posted by: bangkokben | November 24, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Portia is probably done

Ive been a skins fan since 05 and my fav skins people are all gone but that's to be expected

1) Joe Gibbs
2) Sean Taylor
3) Clinton ports
4)Lavar arrington

Oh well they werent going be there forever
Portia had a chance to be an all time skin but he still had a memorable time playing and providing sound bytes so Skins will go on

Purple people eating

Anyway on Sunday

Posted by: bigtemi | November 24, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Damn. Cheers, CP....

Now, moving on.... Let's build from the ground up, and use the draft to build a team and stay out of free agency for awhile. The current approach hasn't worked in, say, twelve years, has it?

Posted by: ennepe68 | November 24, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Good riddens CP.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 24, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Good to see someone's injury makes you happy. Especially when they play for a team you are supposedly a fan of.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | November 24, 2010 12:29 PM

rmcazz ray has been a hater of players who play for local teams for a while now on the blogs. He is a total scumbag who roots for players to get injured.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 24, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who rips Portis is not a real Redskin fan and knows nothing about what it takes to play this game.

He was a great pure runner, a decent pass catcher, and probably the best blocking running back I've ever seen. The man left everything on the field! He also did it behind sorry o-lines and sorry editions of this once great franchise.

You will be missed by true fans of this team Clinton....I'm just sorry you never got the ring that your level of play deserved.

Posted by: skins91r | November 24, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Does this mean we're going to trade Laron Landry & some draft picks to Denver for Knowshon Moreno?

Posted by: Scoonie97 | November 24, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Ray Rhodes, Art Shell, Dennis Green were bad coaches. Herm Edwards, Tony Dungy, Mike Tomlin were great coaches. Stop the freaking race card, will you? Lots of great white coaches, and lots of bad white coaches.....man, that race thing gets old........give it a rest.

Posted by: Riggo2 | November 24, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Too bad. Didn't watch many RBs for their blocking, but I love to see Portis stone a blitzing safety

Posted by: canyonjunkie | November 24, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Portis has looong been overrated as a runner in our backfield-- averaging 4 ypc while in DC is not what I'd call getting it done-- and has long been overpaid!

Has character issues-- lies, deception, above the team, dogfighting enthusiast-- was an English language terrorist! Never led team anywhere but first round anonymity. He will not be missed!

Posted by: iubiquity | November 24, 2010 7:20 PM | Report abuse

Sherrif Gonna Getcha. CP was a better back than the skins had in a while. He is no Fat ALbert or Prime Time. He played hard and had fun with the GAME. I would like to see how many of the writers who posted a comment would last 1 week in the NFL!! He could block and he also remebered that it is just a GAME. And he got PAID. That is what the Redskins do.

Posted by: piateski | November 24, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

he was an overpaid BUM! he could not break 5.0 in the 40 for the past half decade and was gimpy at best. these are not world philanthropist and superior humans we are talking about. they play a game for MILLIONS and as evidence by the Redskins winnig 0000 division titles in the last ten years, the stooges in town moan and cry like these bums deserve something. they stink! portis should have spent his summers in a library and hooked on phonics lessons not training camp. that is the sad part, a functionally illiterate, rapper wanna be with millions of dollars and no class.

Posted by: doyouktt | November 25, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

torain is not a first team RB. he is prone to injury as well. they need to find a durable starter in the draft and Torain and keiland can back him up...portis had his ups and downs but you never celebrate when someone's tenure/career is cut short because of injury or physical damage to thier body.

Posted by: ronniecope106 | November 26, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

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