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Portis, Springs Still In Limbo; Evans to Start

Tailback Clinton Portis and corner Shawn Springs are among those who still unsure if they will be able to play. Both are looking to the warm-ups to make a final decision.

Portis missed practice all week, while Springs did take part in some drills Friday with the first team, according to team sources, with his torn calf still not 100 percent (Portis is dealing with a torn MCL.) Springs originally was slated to do just individual drills. He told teammates he was 60-70 percent this weekend, and had yet to really sprint and cut full speed, but could still play tonight depending on how he performs during warm-ups.

It looks like Ladell Betts will be back, and, again, I would not be shocked if Portis dresses and plays some. Just my hunch there.

It is very unlikely that LB Marcus Washington and DT Anthony Montgomery will be able to play.

DE Jason Taylor is slated to play tonight after suffering through a calf injury, but Demetric Evans will remain the starter at left end, according to team sources. Evans, who is having a strong season as an end and an interior pass rusher in the nickel package, is more stout against the run and practiced with the first team this week.

Taylor, whom the Redskins hope can add fire to a pedestrian pass rush, could see a lot of action on third down and on passing downs, but stopping the run is always the top priority with this defense and Evans has excelled. Taylor underwent calf surgery early in the season, and a second procedure to relieve swelling. He was inactive for the last game, against Pittsburgh.

Evans has started four games this season. Taylor has struggled, but he and the team say he is feeling better than he has all season - Taylor injured his knee in the preseason - and he is eager to become a big-play threat again.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 16, 2008; 5:14 PM ET
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If Betts is good to go, rest Portis. Can't risk further injury.

Posted by: kreitmaster | November 16, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

DALLAS SUCKS!!! that is all

Posted by: skins1110 | November 16, 2008 5:27 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: daggar | November 16, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Wow; we should have cut bait on Springs' gingerly a$$ in the off-season, (right around the time he refused to re-structure his contract); he's a part time player and should only earn a part time salary. Hopefully that DeAngelo Hall kid can play some man-to-man!

Posted by: guisher | November 16, 2008 6:05 PM | Report abuse

I would hope that Portis isn't dealing with a torn MCL, only a Grade 2 MCL strain.

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | November 16, 2008 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I'm so over Springs...can we please cut this guy this offseason.He's stealing more money playing CB for us than Deion did.

Posted by: ezdoesit74 | November 16, 2008 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Yeah I think your right. Torn MCL jusst rolls off the tongue easier, but I think it is just a strain or he would be in Atlanta visiting good old Doctor Andrews.

I thought all along he would play. I bethe gets the ball 12-15 times, Betts a little less and Alexander gets about the same as Portis if we stay in the game or get ahead.

I am more worried about Springs and Moss as they are the Cowboy killers. I think Taylor gets a sack too. IT had been a long time since he has been healthy, and they say he is 100% so lets see what we gave up the draft pick for. About two sacks and he would be the betterthan all our 2nd round picks this year combined.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | November 16, 2008 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Philly tied Cinci? we better crush both of them

Posted by: dbrine1261 | November 16, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

Let Portis play until he feels uncomfortable. He is pretty good about coming off when he is out of breathe or hurting. We'll rest him next week and let Betts get time in and Alexander get some payback.

Posted by: aovechkin08 | November 16, 2008 7:20 PM | Report abuse

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