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Portis a Game-Time Decision, Again

Barry Svrluga reports:

Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said the decision on whether star running back Clinton Portis - who is battling a sprained left knee - will play Sunday will be left to the hours leading up to the game for the second straight week.

"He really is not full-speed," Zorn said. "Would love to see him go, but that'll be game-time."

Portis pledged earlier this week that he would play Sunday at Seattle, "no ifs, ands or buts about it." Last week, facing considerable questions about whether he could play against Dallas, Portis worked out on the field three hours before kickoff in order to prove to coaches and to himself that he was healthy enough. Zorn said the team would repeat those drills with Portis at Seattle. Portis, the league's second-leading rusher, participated in practice today - albeit minimally - for the first time this week.

"I'm feeling the same as I been feeling," Portis said. "I'm surviving."

Zorn said running back Ladell Betts, who missed a month with a knee injury but returned agianst Dallas, would definitely play. But Zorn added he would almost certainly keep third-string running back Shaun Alexander active because of the condition of both Portis and Betts.

"I'm hoping to see the same thing I saw, but I don't know," Zorn said. "Just have to wait and see. I thought he'd be more involved today. But it is sore. It is cold. It is windy. And it's hard to get loose. He didn't have to really work getting loose for a game [at practice], so hopefully during a game he'll be ready to go."

By Cindy Boren  |  November 21, 2008; 12:20 PM ET
 
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Oh, fine. Let's talk about next years draft priorities, as opposed to this years 6-4, could make some noise team, lol.

RB: Nothing. Maybe a late pick, since they lost Mason to the Jets, but if they did nothing it would be fine by me.

QB: Pretty much set here, too. Already drafted a Campbell backup.

O-Line: Everyone is in agreement here, I think. Another T, a big need at C, and a few G's are in order - though I don't think all that will be accomplished in a year. Start with a C & G.

WR: You have to stick with the bunch you drafted at this point...BUT...if someone like Boldin can go your way, and it's doable, that is hard to turn away from, because I think Moss is towards the end - he can't stay healthy.

TE: No needs here, obviously.

K: Standard competition for Suisham? Maybe. Let's see how he finishes, but they seem to have their answer there.

P: Well, don't draft one, lol. Definitely this spot is up for grabs. No free agent signings unless it's a proven top punter, please. Free-for-all competition.

S: Looks really good here, which is amazing considering the loss of Taylor (RIP). Horton and Landry have it locked up. If Doughty has a career issue with his injury, maybe they get someone FA for cheap.

CB: If Hall is his former self, no real needs here. Springs is as good as gone, but with Smoot under contract and a top flight guy (!) in Rogers, three deep in good cover guys is as good as it gets in the NFL. Tryon should be challenged by a FA signing after the draft.

LB: A good group, but old, with injury concerns, so a lot of work ahead. At least one decent pick should be used here. Fletcher is a beast, but when does the motor burn out? Washington looks done. Blades can play - and so can McIntosh, but his knees are a possible problem. They need depth, bigtime. A draft pick, and a few after draft signings. Maybe another free agency money pickup, with Blatche's blessing, could be had here.

DL: Not as bad as hyped to be. They need pass rushers, but they have decent depth here and good run stoppers. Monty and Golston are decent, though not exceptional. Evans is much better than expected. Carter seems to have improved against the run, but has disappeared this year rushing the passer - double teamed? Taylor says he's playing two years, but what is their plan for him? Will he be every down, or just a situational guy? Alexander isn't great, but since he can do everything, you have to have him. I'd draft a D-lineman somewhere in their draft (O-line first!), and see whose out there in free agency. That might be the way to fill gaps here.

Coaching Staff: Don't do a darn thing. They are just fine. Maybe a talk with Greg about who should replace him in the event of his retirement - same with Bugel.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 21, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 21, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

We really need a healthy portis next week.

Posted by: Gweez | November 21, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Darn. Malcolm Kelly is gonna be inactive again:(

Posted by: dlhaze1 | November 21, 2008 12:37 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and FIRST thing Sunday they better get Portis moving to see if he'll play.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 21, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Poolman = David Duke

Posted by: JohnDinHouston | November 21, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

If he activates Alexander over Kelly, I might break my tv.

Posted by: psps23 | November 21, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Darn. Malcolm Kelly is gonna be inactive again:(

Posted by: dlhaze1 | November 21, 2008 12:37 PM


Why do you say that?

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 21, 2008 12:39 PM | Report abuse

I want Reparations for slavery and for portis to play.

Posted by: poolman1200000 | November 21, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

He's saying it's Alexander or Kelly. I think it's Davis or kelly.

Posted by: Gweez | November 21, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Why do you say that?

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 21, 2008 12:39 PM

Cuz Portis is still so dinged up, he's going to want to have Shaun Alexander ready to go (even if its 3 carries), and from most prior indications, its either Kelly or Alexander (or maybe a tight end???).

Posted by: dlhaze1 | November 21, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Nothing weaker than saying FIRST when the "FIRST" post isn't FIRST.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 21, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

here is how we generate a pass rush. on third downs and other downs that have long distances that are obvious passing downs here is the linemen that should play.

Carter and Taylor at the Ends
Wilson and Evans at the tackles

we should have 4 ends on the field for passing downs, we actually used that formation against dallas the first time we played them. that is also how the giants generated so much pass rush last year with strahan and osi at the ends and kiwi and tuck at the tackles.

I think we should play alot more of that on passing downs

Posted by: GreatOne1 | November 21, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Play Kelly!!!! They can deactivate Fred Davis for one game and give Kelly a chance....this is the best opportunity for him - he needs to play a game before the Giants come to town.

Posted by: Lisa_R | November 21, 2008 12:46 PM | Report abuse

The difference between us and the Gmen is that their "ends" last year were 280. Ours are 220.

Posted by: Gweez | November 21, 2008 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, definitely Kelly over Davis. Come on, we cant have someone else on special teams instead of Davis? Has the guy seen a snap on offense? WE NEED A WR!!!!

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 21, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

dlhsze, that's what I read aswell hopefully were both wrong...rest cp they can afford to against a 2-8 team...but...if cp don't go they need Kelly

Posted by: dealer1 | November 21, 2008 12:50 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: BeantownGreg | November 21, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

beep beep -- Kelly calling

Posted by: talent_evaluator | November 21, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

resting cp would guarantee kelly a spot, no?

Posted by: RomoLongballs | November 21, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm with all of you guys. We need to see Kelly in there on Sunday......

Also, the negative nelly in me is just waiting to get the afternoon practice report saying that Springs reaggravated his calf and is now a game time decision....

Posted by: dlhaze1 | November 21, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, definitely Kelly over Davis. Come on, we cant have someone else on special teams instead of Davis? Has the guy seen a snap on offense? WE NEED A WR!!!!

Posted by: Rypien11 | November 21, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Hey Rypien11...If you are referenceing Davis, don't you remember that amazing TE reverse against Clev. (i think)that took about 12 seconds to develop and got 3 yards??? C'mon who can forget that play !!??!! haha

Posted by: cej75024 | November 21, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins have to win this game to make the playoffs. If the team loses to Seattle the season may very well be over. Given that reality, Portis and most if not all of the other veterans are going to play.

The question is whether this team is finally going to come out and give a 60 minute effort on both sides of the ball where guys do their jobs and we don't see the breakdowns that have occurred the past 2 weeks.

People can rave about the Steelers and Cowboys, but the truth is both NY and Philly beat the Steelers physically in their wins. Dallas on defense was beaten like a rented mule by Brandon Jacobs and the Giants. How many sacks did Ratliff get against Shaun O'Hara? ZERO.

Posted by: leopard09 | November 21, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't think we can afford to lose Fred Davis's ability to run reverses. He really explodes up field.

Posted by: hender_22 | November 21, 2008 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Hey, nothing against Portis because I know he runs hard but imagine someone like Larry Brown waiting to the last minute before declaring he is ready to go. I guess it's just the mentality of today's players. Or how about Ken Houston or Pat Fischer acting like Springs and sitting out forever. Unbelievable.

Posted by: joeboggs | November 21, 2008 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Back to the 1st post, I disagree that we're "set" at QB. Campbell still looks average to me. VERY. No instinct or finesse.

Posted by: tdpillo123 | November 21, 2008 4:36 PM | Report abuse

On shaunsherman12:

Move Springs to safety and extend his career. They still need him. Unless a Landry/Sean Taylor type appears in the draft ... otherwise draft the very best cornerback they can first and foremost. Smoot gets burned way too often. Springs is too old. D'Angelo Hall is fine ... if he stays. So you would end up with 3 1st round draft picks manning the corners. 2 first round picks manning safety. USE HIGH PICKS here for no other reason than they have been very successful drafting for these positions. Perhaps better than anyone else in the league. Names like Green, Champ Bailey, Sean Taylor, LaRon Landry, and now finally Carlos Rogers.

Linebackers are fine with Matt Sinclair returning. Marcus is getting older and often injured. Fletcher is getting older ... FA pick up and a 2nd / 3rd rounder Just have Blades and McIntosh. Average record drafting for this position. Better results from FA pickups.

OL is fine. Good record drafting for this position.

QB still need a backup other than Coolins.
Good record drafting for this position. Even in the low rounds they have produced many starters ... some of whom are still in the league and became starters for other teams.

RB. Too many injuries. Possible 1st rounder if the best athlete turns out to be one. Average draft record for this position. FA pickups overall have fared the best. Except for the great one himself: Larry Brown.

TE: probably okay. Decent record drafting for this position.

The conundrums:

DL plus WR.

DL looks good against the run. But there do need to do a better job pass rushing. They still haven't fixed it. Assume Cornelius may be replaced by Montgomery. Now you have the former rooks starting at tackle. They need backups. Andre and Jason need competent backups. There is one in Demetric. Erasmus? They still need to figure this one out. Yet they are one of the best defenses this year. Mediocre to poor record drafting for this position in the 1st round.

WR: Moss, Thrash and Cooley. And that's it. Malcom Kelly? Devin? Randle El? Not enough production here for sure. The BIG hole. Does it warrant a 1st rounder. This is where you DEFINITELY go FA. The 'skins have had no success drafting in the 1st round at this position since Art Monk. They may be worst than Detroit ... :)
DO NOT DRAFT for this position.

Posted by: periculum | November 21, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

"we should have 4 ends on the field for passing downs, we actually used that formation against dallas the first time we played them. that is also how the giants generated so much pass rush last year with strahan and osi at the ends and kiwi and tuck at the tackles."


Chris Wilson (who i actually like )is no Jtuck

Posted by: cosmiccatnip1 | November 21, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

I want reparations for Prescott Bush funding the Nazis, I want reparations for that family profiting from concentration camp labor, I want reparations for that Bush family smuggling SS war booty and SS war criminals out of post-war Europe, I want reparations from the designated ZionNazis for 9-11 (Mossad Chertoff and whatnot), the Homeland Hell Fascism since 9-11 (maybe you weren't targeted on their Zion-Mafia-Goebbels Brownshirt database, but plenty of us were), I want to CUT the umbilicle from Federal Reserve to the Oh-So-Protected- Fake -Rothschild-War-Profiteering-BANK-in-Switzerland (one of the reasons they killed JFK), the heinous fascist profiteers of war...Israel was created by these creeps , too, for ZionNazism and Eternal Warprofiteering..

Posted by: frak | November 21, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I hope that, if they get a decent lead, they'll sit Portis. If he's still "banged up" that means they probably should have taken their chances with Betts (anyone remember 2006?). They need Portis down the stretch and I need him in my fantasy playoffs weeks 15 & 16!

Posted by: mjcashen | November 22, 2008 8:37 PM | Report abuse

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