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Portis Questionable for Sunday's Game

After sitting out practice this week because of a calf injury, top running back Clinton Portis could miss Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at FedEx Field, Coach Jim Zorn said.

"He's just questionable. That's all. Fifty-fifty," Zorn said after practice today at Redskins Park.

Portis did not take any reps in practice this week. Ladell Betts and Marcus Mason split the first-team reps, and Zorn said Mason would be active this week. If Portis sits out, Anthony Alridge would be the team's fourth active back, joining Betts, Mason and special-teams standout Rock Cartwright.

"He's paid attention, and he's trying to get it right," Zorn said of Portis. "I mean, he's as frustrated as anybody. I'm putting words in his mouth, but I don't mean to.

"I'll just tell you that he's had a good attitude out here, and he's really tried to work in the training room all week to get up to speed again. And it is getting better."

Portis, who also has been slowed by sore ankles this season, was kicked in the calf during last week's 19-14 loss to the Detroit Lions, who ended their losing streak at 19. Portis rushed for 42 yards and had a 3.5-yard average against the Lions. In three games, Portis, the team's leading rusher, has 183 yards and 3.9-yard average.

Despite his pain and no practice reps, Portis plans to play, as long as Zorn is on the same page, Portis said.

"Whatever Jim say," Portis said. "Game-time decision. Have a nice night, guys. Don't drink too much. Okay?"

Portis needs to be available for the long haul, Zorn said.

"My struggle is, if I put him out there, am I just going to it over and over again," Zorn said. "Do I need to get him well? So that's my dilemma. I'm leaning to play him because he's a force.

"He loves to play and he gets himself ready to play. I want to play him. Period. That's what I'm going to do. But I also want to be smart in how we deal with him."

In other injury news, defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery (knee) might sit out again this week, Zorn said.

By Jason Reid  |  October 2, 2009; 1:54 PM ET
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Comments

FIRST to say I thought Portis looked fat in the preseason...CP is starting to irritate me...how about less talk and more TD's...

Posted by: mattylight | October 2, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

It's cuz everyone's been playing up Portis' ego for so long now he doesn't know how to be humble. That's really what this entire team needs, a big ole bath of humility to unite the players as a team. Kinda hard to get everyone on that train, though, when the high priced players need the biggest slice of humble pie and their paychecks tell them otherwise.

Posted by: pgugino | October 2, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Is this the beginning of the end for our hero; tune in tommorow for "Portis pockets straight".

Posted by: dargregmag | October 2, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Inactivate Portis until he's "healthy". Start Marcus Mason, this is why he's on the roster. There's no point in having an "injured" running back on the gameday roster. His roster spot will be better used by a healthy Marcus Mason or Marko Mitchell.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 2, 2009 2:02 PM | Report abuse

thru 3 games, the Skins have rushed the ball 58 times, excluding Campbell and Hunter the Punter.

We've gotten 4 yards or less on 43 of those 58 carries.

Yup, just 26% of our runs have gotten 5 yards or more.

Which make me wonder, where is Jim Zorn getting this 'Clinton Portis is a force' thing?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 2, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

are Portis' pockets finally getting crooked?

Posted by: pgugino | October 2, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

"Have a nice night, guys. Don't drink too much. Okay?" - Classic Portis

I love CP and like most things I love, he irritates the s... out of me about half the time. That said, the dude balls out but has looked sluggish.

I say sit on him for this week and see how he repsonds. I don't see a huge drop in production with Betts as the primary. It might put some onus on the rest of the offense to step up (which sounds ridiculous since we are 1-2 and are P-A-T-H-E-T-I-C on Offense in the red zone).

Posted by: WaPoLiveFan16 | October 2, 2009 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I hope he sits for several reasons. Obviously he has been ineffective so far, we're playing the Bucs not exactly an key matchup, and at this point I want to see Alridge get some touches cause we need a spark bad and he might be it, but we'll never know with CP limping through all the touches.

Posted by: zjfr2 | October 2, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Shouldn't matter... we should only have to run 15 times in this game. Open it up, air it out. They shouldn't score more than 10 points on us, and we should be throwing all day.

Posted by: Rypien11 | October 2, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

jumbo

"...just because d-evans dropped back into coverage doesnt mean he's a linebacker. There's a reason we couldn't get off the field late last year.."

I understand your confusion.

If you can find it, watch the game tape of the skins v. iggles late in the season last year.

What I've posted is what the skins did to shut the iggles done on the eve of their playoff run.

Thing is, the team alternated between blitzing Jason Taylor and Evans.

The skins beat a good offense that day.

So why, here with the issues we have this year, can't the team go back to that kind of creativity when it has Haynesworth to lock down the middle of the line and Orakpo/Wilson-- two young fast tweener backers--to blitz?

We well ardently await your response.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 2, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Do you mean the Jason Taylor who's used to playing in space in a 3-4 in that 1 game?how about the game before and the game after that?

And again a zone blitz is not switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4.totally different personel

Posted by: jumbo5383 | October 2, 2009 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Bean - What did read base the reamark 'He's out of shape' off of? You/he just can't say it w/o providing further insight on how he came to this conclusion?

Re: Chad's mistake. Who cares?!? It was just one freakin mistake in his 1st game ever played! PROGRESS! I am proud of the boy. Don't let the Reid hate affect what you are thinking.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 2, 2009 2:11 PM | Report abuse

"50-50", that is just a great nickname for Portis! Since he only gives you about 50% effort in return, if that, since he came here.

Posted by: JohnWWW | October 2, 2009 2:12 PM | Report abuse

We all know that Portis is getting near the point where so many RBs have their performance drop off a cliff. It was going to happen in '09, '10 or '11

It wouldn't surprise me if he is there now, but if I had to make a bet in preseason, it would have been he'd still be good in 2009.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 2, 2009 2:13 PM | Report abuse

How many current Redskins coaches and players will be with the team the next time the Skins make the playoffs?

My feeling is zero coaches (they will clean house before next season) and five players or less (it will take at least three years and all the older veterans and marginal players will be elsewhere or out of the league by then).

Cooley, Orakpo, C. Wilson, Marko Mitchell maybe, Anyone else?

Your thoughts?

Posted by: hapster | October 2, 2009 2:15 PM | Report abuse

beans, RE: Conditioning of the team, I think you owe LarryInClinton an apology.

Portis has lost it.

I really, really, really hate to admit that.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 2, 2009 2:16 PM | Report abuse

I meant Reid...not 'read'

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 2, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Fail wretched Deadskins!
Fail miserably!
Braves dropping passes,
Blight on old D.C.!

Run or pass and punt -- curse the little runt!
Trip ‘em, Clip ‘em,
Hold ‘em! – Let out a grunt!
Pile on, pile on, It’s so much fun
To shame Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!

Fail wretched Deadskins!
Fail miserably!
Braves dropping passes,
Blight on old D.C.!

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | October 2, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

4th, rookie mistake, my b....

it was noted a couple of times in the chat by JReid, who referenced a couple of times, see below:

"Mason does not help the Redskins because he does the same thing as Portis, Betts and Cartwright. He's a tackle-to-tackle guy, and the Redskins needed a change-of-pace back. He made the team because of the Redskins' concerns about Portis being out of shape and slow, and the fact that these guys need to start getting younger at a lot of positions"

"Well, he's definitely slow. Whether that's because of his sore ankles because of the bone spurs or being out of shape, I don't know. But several people have told me he's not in great shape"

This pisses me off about CP...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 2, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I don't care whose starts or sits, just dial up the right play call in the red zone and score TDs, stop them on 3rd down, and get some turnovers.

Posted by: TWISI | October 2, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

If I'm Jim Zorn, I'm going on media lock down mode (consistent with contractual and NFL requirements). I just had to leave work to grab my daughter and radio media is completely overboard about this FJZ thing ... saying "Yes, fans will still blame The Owner for the team's problems, but the fans will back him up if he fires Jim Zorn ... you can't continue to sit on a bad decision." IT IS WEEK FOUR.

The only sense I've heard in this whole shabingus is Tony Dungy talking about how you can't build anything if you keep changing everything. The whole twitterfied immediate information gratification thing in the Skins fanbase is hyper-overboard and on steroids.

Let the man coach the season. The only people smarter than all the peeps up here calling for the heads of Jim Zorn and Jason Campbell are Vinny Cerrato and The Owner himself ... and you all have the same approach to building success in professional football.

[I'm still pissed off about the booing in the Rams game as the team was leaving the field.]

Posted by: dcsween | October 2, 2009 2:20 PM | Report abuse

fwiw, 3 games into 2009 season and the youth movement continues. If Portis sits, among the young ones will get significant PT that weren't on the field for us last year at this time:

Rinehart, Dockery, Heyer, Mason, Hall, Kelly, and Orakpo.

Jarmon, Barnes, Tryon and Alridge might also see some plays.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 2, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Portis has lost it.

I really, really, really hate to admit that.

Posted by: RedDMV | October 2, 2009 2:16 PM

Atleast let the dude get a real game under his belt......They only tried starting up the run game in the 2nd half of the Lions game.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 2, 2009 2:21 PM | Report abuse

are Portis' pockets finally getting crooked?

Posted by: pgugino | October 2, 2009 2:05 PM | Report abuse

No, his pockets are just fine...thats the problem.

Posted by: JCNKY | October 2, 2009 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Re: Chad's mistake. Who cares?!?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 2, 2009 2:11 PM

We'll mark you down as taking a bye week in this particular contest.

Posted by: dcsween | October 2, 2009 2:24 PM | Report abuse

red, 1/53 doesn't make him right, you bamafied Aunt Jamima using, scrapple eating, cheese and scrambled egg loving, such and such.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 2, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

Good, good! Hope he sits Sunday. Spread the touches around and ride the hot hand. Portis is soooooooooooo overrated.

Posted by: matthewrayman | October 2, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

agreed on sitting portis, start betts, spread the carries between he/mason, and give about 5 of them to Aldridge....

for the mistake that Rhino made, I'm also going with jockstrap on outside of pants.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 2, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Portis inactive, Mitchell active....book it....championship

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 2, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I hope Portis stays home and Betts gets 130 yds and a TD so all the “trade Betts - what has he done lately?” bama-fied bama-toids (my new favorite saying) will quiet down……

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 2, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse

for the mistake that Rhino made, I'm also going with jockstrap on outside of pants.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 2, 2009 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Put me down for wearing jersey inside-out....

Posted by: mattylight | October 2, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

CP needs to be inactive this week to 1)send message to players that no one is above the team and you play only if you practice and 2)find out if MM and AA can play, if not cut them and get some other need positions on the roster (cb, lb, ol).

This is the perfect game to do the above.

As for Rhino's mistake, his shoes did not match CPs. Dumb rookie mistake.

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 2, 2009 2:37 PM | Report abuse

For all the people talking about Portis productions.First if you notice every team the skins played so far has had a eight man front telling the redskins to beat them by air.If JZ lets Jason loose and use more four and five receiver formations then you will see Portis gooo.

Posted by: theturfman | October 2, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

check the coverage out of the skins

http://www.csnwashington.com/pages/redskins

Posted by: nattylite88 | October 2, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

agreed on sitting portis, start betts, spread the carries between he/mason, and give about 5 of them to Aldridge ...

for the mistake that Rhino made, I'm also going with jockstrap on outside of pants ...

Forget the run, with this line? They get manhandled by even the worst teams. Nope, 5-10 passes to alridge : screens, swing outs, etc. Then pray he doesn't fumble.

Hope YOU lame azz guys read the Bog article from the Michael's interview? READ? Snyder makes all the big calls ... Cerrato just gets blamed. And to a great extent that was true with Gibbs in charge. I am certain he had to fight tooth and nail with Snyder ... and probably act as a buffer between that nutcase Snidely, players, and Grilliams!? Its no wonder he retired early!? Gibbs for criminy's sake is an HOF coach!!?? He has won superbowls! And Snyder arguing player personnel, X's and O's with him.


Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

Portis has lost it.
I really, really, really hate to admit that.
Posted by: RedDMV | October 2, 2009

Been telling you that longer than he has boyz. Time for you to eat some crow.

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Rockville's Snidely Owl .. he will never change ... sigh ...

Posted by: periculum | October 2, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

CP=EJ(Edge)=Done

Enough already, just sit in the owners box and collect checks, simple.

Posted by: bhoang888 | October 2, 2009 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Just this Sunday?

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | October 2, 2009 2:46 PM | Report abuse

tired and old... applies to a large chunk of the o-line and the play calling as well...

Posted by: Burrasta1 | October 2, 2009 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope Portis stays home and Betts gets 130 yds and a TD so all the “trade Betts - what has he done lately?” bama-fied bama-toids (my new favorite saying) will quiet down……

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 2, 2009 2:36 PM | Report abuse


Dude,Betts can't run for a 130yds in warmups

Posted by: jumbo5383 | October 2, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

If Zorn wants to get creative how about this. On 4th and one on the one yard line tape a 2 on Mike Williams jersey and hand him the ball. He could probably fall into the end zone from there. (Though I wouldn't want to be the guy he falls on).

Posted by: elkiii_2008 | October 2, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"Fifty-fifty..."

Anybody know R_GARDNER email ADD?

Posted by: MARTY_S_EMAIL_ADD | October 2, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

They're going to need Portis later so give him the time off now to get right. It's time to see if the other backs can carry the load, so bring in Big Mike Williams and let him play bulldozer all day for Betts, Mason and Aldrdige. The Bucs have been giving up an average of something like 187 yards a game on the ground, so use the game to get the running attack on track. Late in the game sneak in a little play action to boost Campbell's stats but be "run first" all day. I am sure Zorn can handle that.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 2, 2009 2:50 PM | Report abuse

here's a thought-experiment:

which 5 current 'skins would you take if you could re-build the team from scratch?

1) Hunter Smith
2) Chris Cooley
3) London Fletcher
4) ?
5) ?

Come to think of it, that's probably all I'd want...

Posted by: bacaje | October 2, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: dcsween | October 2, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Awww....schucks!

Sheriff Gonna Half Step It is only 50/50 for Sunday. Question will be does this mean anything on offense? It isn't like he's setting the world on fire with effort on the field this year.

I hope Anthony A gets a shot - I'm not sure Marcus is the answer, but Anthony could bring some fresh legs and a whole lot less arrogance to the game. Who knows, maybe we'll find that Clinton can run for someone else next year and take his attitude and his gimmicks with him. Bet he will have to practice and play in preseason elsewhere too! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Posted by: laserwizard | October 2, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

The smart thing to do is rest Portis this game and start the young guys,Mason and Alridge..No point of having an injured portis, he is only going to hurt and slow the offense, give the young guys a chance to shine and ud never know, they might give the Offense the spark they've been waiting for...Take it to the house!!!

Posted by: hanimal03 | October 2, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Only Portis?

The entire team is "questionable" for any game, this Sunday or any Sunday, injured or healthy.

Posted by: cash-less | October 2, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Cap hit on Portis for 2010: $12 million.

Posted by: kranosaur | October 2, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I hope Anthony A gets a shot - I'm not sure Marcus is the answer, but Anthony could bring some fresh legs and a whole lot less arrogance to the game. Who knows, maybe we'll find that Clinton can run for someone else next year and take his attitude and his gimmicks with him. Bet he will have to practice and play in preseason elsewhere too! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Posted by: laserwizard | October 2, 2009 2:56 PM

Let make one thank clear on the whole Alridge and Mason thing. Mason, as mentioned by Jason Reid is a tackle to tackle guy and he is perfect for this type of run game between the tackles offense and yes he is the same as Portis and Betts but now his need is evident. Alridge is a third down back release out of the back field if their is no blocking responsibility because he is light in the ass back.... Both will compliment the game plan if they are productive and the line is blocking. Mason will surprise many folks this weekend because the kid can run and so can Alridge on special situations out of the back field. Two different styles and I hope both will produce in yardage and TD's.

Posted by: thebanker21 | October 2, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Sit portis, start Mason. We know what Betts can do so it's time to see how Marcus does on the big stage. I also think we need to see what Aldrige can do. I assume we signed him for a reason, but then again this is the Redskins we're talking about.

Posted by: NYSkinsFan1 | October 2, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

Same old story jurt again. He has slowed way down with his age and weight. No break away speed. No practice no playing time. Let him sit out this week maybe well win!

Posted by: mole | October 2, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Same old story hurt again. He has slowed way down with his age and weight. No break away speed. No practice no playing time. Let him sit out this week maybe well win!

Posted by: mole | October 2, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Get back to basics - no practice no play! We have several other running backs that are capable and hungry to prove they are NFL caliber players...which usually means they will give every play 110% effort. Sit Portis and let him see the young bucks nipping at his heels, maybe that will inspire him to talk less, get into practice, and produce in games.

Posted by: ljhartnett24 | October 2, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Good.

Best thing to happen right now is for the Skins to find a productive running back.

Sorry, but the days of the "over-the-hill-gang" are long over and right now, Portis appears to be dead weight.

Fresher, faster legs. That's what's necessary to keep the corners guessing and loosened up off the receivers.

May I suggest a lumberjack character for his next personality because I hope he's on the pine for some time.

Posted by: topwriter | October 2, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Anyone else notice how Portis dives at the end of runs? He falls down before getting tackled. Never takes on a tackler -- it's amazing he's never been called out on it. Also runs out of bounds all the time. So talented but just doesn't seem to have that burning desire to get an extra yard.

Posted by: dbunkr | October 2, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

theturfman posted and said:

"...if you notice every team the skins played so far has had a eight man front telling the redskins to beat them by air"
________________________________________

True, but the reason for that is because of the weak O-line and the fact that Portis can't get past the first line of defense and, even if he does manage to, he's easily run down. No surprise, no speed.

He continues:

"If JZ lets Jason loose and use more four and five receiver formations then you will see Portis gooo."
__________________________________________

The only reason JZ would be doing that is so that Jason could actually have somebody to get the ball to, and it wouldn't be to Portis. And without a Tight End the O-line is even more of a sieve than it is with a three receiver formation. You're idea assumes that Jason would be allowed time. Wishful thinking.

Posted by: theturfman

Posted by: topwriter | October 2, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Portis will try to play. He wants to. He just doesn't want to practice.

If Zorn benches him, so what? Would it make a difference?

Let someone hungry play.

Save Portis for the playoffs. (ha ha ha)

Channeling Jim Mora: "Playoffs!?"

Posted by: Thinker_ | October 2, 2009 7:50 PM | Report abuse

I'd sit the sombich and sit him some more... at least up until such time as sumbich can show up for practice... get the timing and synchronization down with his teammates... and demonstrate he's ready to do something more than yap his jaw. I'd also like for anyone to remind us when exactly was the last time the sombich actually showed up and participated in practice. I suspect the sombich was still in Denver... playing for Shan the Man. And if sombich never plays another down for us... then so much the better. Am tired of this all yap and no action.

Posted by: Vic1 | October 2, 2009 8:37 PM | Report abuse

its time to turn the page on this potboiler. we already know we're going nowhere this year. give each of the "younger" sets of legs a chance & see what they got. if its "nuttin honey," pick up a bargain in the late rounds of the draft, after building an O-line with ALL of the earlier picks.

Posted by: mdrockjock | October 2, 2009 9:33 PM | Report abuse

I know a lot of people here love Portis, but I have never been a big fan. I think his lack of practice time can have a negative effect on the team's chemistry. In my opinion, it was a dumb trade when we got him for Champ and a 2nd rounder.

If we had a decent O-line, Mason or Aldridge would be superstars. Also, I hate to say it, but its time to cut the ties with Betts and Rock. Their contributions don't warrant a roster spot, although I give a slight edge to Rock due to his special teams contributions. Betts had one good season.

Another thing that makes me wonder: Portis is a great blocking back. What is he doing on the sidelines on 3rd down? We should have Mason or Aldridge on 1st/2nd downs, and then make sure Portis is in on 3rd downs.

Posted by: gwelsh | October 2, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

"You can't look and say, 'Oh, this a win, this a win, that's a win.' But when you've got the opportunity to win games and you lose them," Portis said. "We talked about that after the Rams. It was like, 'Oh, you guys played the Rams so close and almost lost.' But we won. Then we go to Detroit and we lose. It's like, 'If only you all would've won by one.' Now that we lost, it's okay if we would've barely beat the Lions. It's always going to be something."

Enough said....this dude is an idiot.

Posted by: jambajuice | October 2, 2009 11:37 PM | Report abuse

Most recognize Portis is now and average back! He has ankle problems and a sore calf, and they have played 3 games. THERE IS NOOO SPEED IN THE BACKFIELD..TRY THE NEW BACKS. BETTS HAS NOT DONE MUCH SINCE THAT ONE YEAR WHERE HE CAME IN FOR CP AND GOT 1000 YDS.
OUR O LINE LOOKS LIKE SWISS CHEESE...DUE TO NOT DRAFTING COMPETENT YOUNG GUYS.
WHY NOT PLAY MARKO MITCHEL? I THINK THEY ARE AFRAID A 7TH ROUND PICK..WILL OUTSHINE 2 SECOND ROUND PICKS..WITH AN EXTRA YR. OF "EXPERIENCE"..AND MAKE VINNY AND THE MIDGIT LOOK REALLY BAD.
GOOOOO CAPS..GREAT OPENING WIN. YOU GUYS ARE NUMBER ONE IN DC.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | October 3, 2009 9:13 AM | Report abuse

If you are going to constantly put Portis quotes in the paper, can't somebody clean up his idiotic butchering of the English language. How dumb is he anyway?

Posted by: larrypalma | October 3, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

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