Portis Expected to Play
Top running back Clinton Portis is expected to make his preseason debut Saturday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers at FedEx Field.
"I'm not going to put Clinton out there for a long time," Coach Jim Zorn said. "He is going to play, and we'll just see how it goes. You won't see him past the first quarter, and you may not see him to the end of the first quarter. I don't want to say specifically how many plays he's going to get."
Portis's disdain for practice and preseason games has been well documented. Several players told me Zorn has done a better job of picking his battles with Portis than he did last season, and the coaching staff also plans to lean more on backup running back Ladell Betts this season.
For his part, Portis has exhibited a better attitude about the whole practice thing than he has in previous camps. Or so I've been told.
"When he's participated, he's had an awesome camp," Zorn said. "He's worked hard, run hard, and he's learning as well. This is part of his camp -- getting himself game ready. As we get closer, he'll pick up his pace and we'll get him more and more reps.
"We're trying to find a lot out about other guys, so I would say for the stuff we've asked Clinton to do and the stuff he's done, I'm very pleased. He's had to sit and watch because we've held him back in order to see some of the other guys."
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