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Portis placed on IR list

UPDATED (3:48 p.m.)

In a move that became more likely each week Clinton Portis sat out, the Redskins today put the veteran running back on the season-ending injured-reserve list because of his health problems stemming from a concussion suffered a month ago.

"We felt at this juncture in season, it was best to place Clinton on
Injured Reserve," said Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations. "After consulting with our medical staff and other specialists, Clinton's prognosis is good and we expect him to make a full recovery and return to the Redskins."
Coach Jim Zorn was not quoted in the news release. Portis joins tight end Chris Cooley and left tackle Chris Samuels as Redskins' offensive Pro Bowlers on IR. He's the 10th player this season the team has placed on injured reserve.

Portis on Monday traveled to Pittsburgh to begin a two-day evaluation process under the supervision of concussion specialists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. But after physicians determined that Portis had not improved enough to be cleared to resume full participation in football activity, the Redskins decided to end Portis's season.

Portis's main doctor "didn't like what he saw," the eight-year veteran said during his regular scheduled appearance on ESPN 980's "The John Thompson Show."

"I was really hoping I could get back on the field."

Portis has experienced vision problems since he suffered the concussion in Week 9 against the Atlanta Falcons. On the radio show, Portis said he' has been feeling better, but test results the past two days indicated otherwise. In a couple of areas, "I had went down," Portis said.

Portis said he thought his vision was improved, but results showed that one eye wasn't as strong as the other and another strong hit could cause further damage. The "doctor said he wasn't going to" clear him, Portis said. "That's life, man."

In the brief interview today, Portis didn't seem to know what his long-term future might hold. "I think I'll get well. I think I have to go and really put the time into rehabbing and continuing to do what the doctors say," he said. "At the same time, man, to have the opportunity to play for eight years and compete ... I look back today, I feel like I've had a great career."

Portis last renegotiated his contract in March 2008, receiving a signing bonus of almost $9.4 million. By the end of this season, Portis, under the terms of the renegotiated deal, will have been paid more than $2.35 million in salaries and bonuses in addition to his signing bonus.

Most of Portis's 2010 base salary of almost $7.2 million is guaranteed, and he is also due roster and workout bonuses totaling about $507,000.

Before his concussion, Portis struggled in the Redskins' first seven games. He rushed for only 494 yards with a 4.0-yard average and scored one touchdown. Last season, Portis rushed for 1,487 yards with a 4.3-yard average and nine touchdowns.

Although the move was not entirely unexpected because of the amount of time Portis has been sidelined, his teammates were nonetheless disappointed and expressed concern about Portis's health.

"Clinton is a tough guy, he's real tough, and he's definitely been the face of the franchise of the Redskins the last few years," wide receiver Devin Thomas said. "It's tough when you lose a guy like that for the rest of the season. He's one of those guys like [tight end] Chris Cooley, a Pro Bowler who means a lot to our offense. You look forward to seeing those guys play.

"But you also look forward to seeing those guys in the locker room and just being around the team. As a young player, those are the guys you watch and you learn a lot from. You could say they definitely leave some big shoes to fill. But the most important things is their health. Clinton's been a great player for a long time, so you just want to make sure his health is good."

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  |  December 8, 2009; 2:50 PM ET
 
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Posted by: jgr007 | December 8, 2009 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Good for CP. I thought he should have been placed on IR last week.

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Hope he'll be ok.

Thanks for the memories Clinton.

Time to move on.

Posted by: rickyroge | December 8, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

To bad they couldn't show him the door along with Sushi.

Posted by: gixxer998 | December 8, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Bean - the bigger crime was the 3 runs into the line early in the 4th quarter when we were still only up 7.

The 3 runs into the line later wasn't as bad, but still should have been a rollout on 3rd down.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 8, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Lets pray he gets healthy and fit for next year under a new coach...hope the new head coach comes in and lays down the law immediately with him.

Posted by: mhartz1 | December 8, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I understand the words he said, I just think there is context missing. Would you say he should have went for it on 4th down?

The last thing you want to do is throw an interception. You wont see too many coaches throwing the ball with a lead in the 4th qtr and time winding down. Especially when you are well within FG range. take the two score lead and be happy.

No coach can account for an NFL kicker that misses such an easy kick.

I live in the future also...so its easy to second guess. Two turnovers also cost us the game. Both went for points.

What I like is that they look like an NFL team again. Freaky things happen, there is no denying it. But they took the best team in NFL to the brink on Sunday...im somewhat content for that

Posted by: CheyenneWY | December 8, 2009 2:52 PM

It's not the 4th down play that is being questioned. It's 1st, 2nd and 3rd down that are being questioned.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Just saw the dude at Five Guys with a massive bacon cheeseburger.

Posted by: trezmartin | December 8, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Portis to IR? Roster spot open. Grab a good lineman off someone's practice squad. Make it a lineman who will someday be a Pro Bowler, and will make the fans of that team hate the GM. Then the owner will fire the GM and will hire Cerrato away from Snyder to appease the fans.

Posted by: League-Source | December 8, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Now is the time to take care of those bone spurs so he is completely health coming into training camp.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

cheyenneWY

"I agree that a bootleg may have been a better choice though."

A bootleg is a 'sister play'.

You know, it's a play that works because it's an offshoot of another play.

So if on second down the 'stretch' left is stuffed, you fake 'stretch' left (the ball is on the far hash, so you have more yardage), bootleg right, and hit a tight end or receiver dragging across the end zone.

Devin Thomas scored on such a play earlier in the game.

You give the quarterback a 'run/pass' option.

At the end of Sunday's game, it would've been a super dramatic conclusion if Soup would've run through a saints' player to score the winning touchdown.

It would've shut up a fanbase that's been mocking him for five years for not being a 'savior'.

And it would've changed the conversation about the end of this redskin season.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 8, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Just saw the dude at Five Guys with a massive bacon cheeseburger.

They call that a "junior"...

Posted by: daggar | December 8, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the memories Clinton.

Posted by: rickyroge | December 8, 2009 2:55 PM

Sounds like we have more memories than Clinton will have. Too bad for CP. He deserved better.

Posted by: League-Source | December 8, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

right now go get Rookie OT Boone off of the 49ers Psquad!

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 8, 2009 3:02 PM | Report abuse

ryp, when your first run gets 1 yard, your 2nd one gets -2 yards, don't you go with something different on 3rd down??

I mean, you started at the 4 yrd line, and now the LOS is the 5.

To simply run rock into the back of the OL 3 times is mind boggling....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 8, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

rex, all I'm saying is that playing for the FG cost the team the game. The play calling took the ball out of the teams hottest player that day, so there you go....you can go with a player having a career day, or a 3rd string rb/kr...

I'll go with the guy with the hot hand..

Posted by: BeantownGreg1

Bean -- playing for the FG was OK in this situation -- even if it didn't work. But there was another important goal, and that was to take as much time off the clock as possible. Zorn absolutely failed in that and I do think the extra 45 seconds to Brees was part of the reason we lost.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 8, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

" ... Clinton's prognosis is good and we expect him to make a full recovery and return to the Redskins."

And by "return to the Redskins," he means that, if the offseason starts without a cap, to return to the Park to recover his belongings.

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Really don't understand why they didn't do this before now. No reason to risk the guy's long-term health on a lost season. Rest up, get well, and see what next year brings.

Posted by: js_edit | December 8, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Bean - yes I was agreeing with you - on 3rd down, a bootleg rollout. Pass/run option for JC.

We played scared in both 4th Q end zone trips, but the first trip was the most egregious when there is so much more time to play. Can't fault zorn too much for playing it safe when the game was 99% over.

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 8, 2009 3:06 PM | Report abuse

I say make him the 3rd down back next year. He doesn't have the speed, the guts, or the hunger to pound it or break it, but he'll still pass block better than any back out there.

And we're paying him a lot so we should have him do something he's good at.

Posted by: REXskins | December 8, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

"NFL 101...you dont throw the ball, you control the clock...your back-up is you are close enough that an NFL kicker can't miss and you still go up two scores."
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NFL 201...the two minute warning stopped the clock anyway. So Cheyenne, why not let Campbell throw a play action pass? If it's not there, chuck it in the fifth row or take a sack, even. I mean a five-yard sack might have put us back into Suisham's range.

Posted by: closer44 | December 8, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I am all 4 getting a young OL off the practice squad somewhere and lets see what he can do, NOW, NOW...

Watch idiot Vinny or Zorn will get another RB, probably Edge or DeDe Dorsey...I will then pay someone to do a drive by on Vinny

Posted by: mhartz1 | December 8, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Of course they should have been trying for 7 points....I said right before the kick "you don't beat the saint kicking field goals"

They score 7 points in about 34 seconds.

Zorn's gotta go, Vinny has to go, I wouldn't even mind Blache being allowed to retire.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 8, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

"Portis placed on IR list"

Analysis:

a. Someone took a cold eye to Sunday's game tape and thought to himself, "Q needs to get a chance to show us what he's got."

b. Or: the team is genuinely concerned about Clinton Portis' mental state since his future career as a brain surgeon or philosopher has been imperiled by a concussion.

c. Or: "If we go with Q and Rock, we'll see if we can run behind this line with the linemen we got now--why draft more?"

d. Maybe: "Gosh, CP is hurt. Let's check out the younger cheap guy in Ganther while he gets healthy."

"If Ganther can run behind this line for the rest of the season like he did against the saints, well, he's a keeper."

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 8, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

See ya Clinton- that must of been some concussion. I hope you feel better, but this team is better off without you for the rest of this season and every season after.

Posted by: richard_cranium | December 8, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

"At the end of Sunday's game, it would've been a super dramatic conclusion if Soup would've run through a saints' player to score the winning touchdown."

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Yes, and then Suisham could have shanked the extra point and no one would have cared.

Posted by: closer44 | December 8, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Zeke, in my mind, getting a touch down there equals taking time off the clock. Easier to score a TD and FG than two TD.

My beef with this is what do the Skins have to lose by playing aggressive? Were talking about a 3-8 team that could have built some real confidence for the offense, for JC, one of the young receivers that makes the catch. Heck, even fan confidence in Zorn's playcalling.

When you are 3-8 you do not play conservative in that situation.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Add me to the "get Alex Boone from the niners practice squad" list.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 8, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

moe, I think Ganther is a keeper, I've seen speed, wiggle, power, I hope he stays...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 8, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

"Of course they should have been trying for 7 points....I said right before the kick "you don't beat the saint kicking field goals"

They score 7 points in about 34 seconds."

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Even if they score 7 points in 34 seconds, that still leaves only 1:26 on the clock after the TD with no timeouts left.

Recover the onside kick and it's victory formation.

Tough to blame Zorn for trusting his kicker to make a 23-yard FG. The only problem I had was that the 2-minute warning was going to hit regardless of whether there was a run or a pass on 3rd down, so might as well take a legit shot at the endzone. But being conservative was not the wrong call. Plain and simple, this is on Suisham. No other way to spin it.

Posted by: psps23 | December 8, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Best thing for Clinton and the team as he wasn't going to make any contributions to the team this year. I envision a nice buyout of his remaining guaranteed money in the offseason as part of an 'injury settlement'. Unfortunately, I think Portis wasted his prime years in D.C. running behind mediocre lines and never was able to replicate his success from Denver.

Thanks for the memories CP and good luck with you return to health. I sincerely hope you retire rather than risk permanent injury.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 8, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to Aldridge?

Posted by: Istudydrugs | December 8, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

I think people are arguing for the sake of arguing regarding LL30.

Get off your high horses people....We are in the age of the salary cap....use your BRAINS!

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 8, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The real question is: will Vinny make a full recovery and return to the Redskins.

Posted by: closer44 | December 8, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The real question is: will Vinny make a full recovery and return to the Redskins.

Posted by: closer44

I hate to say this but I think he will.

Posted by: jm220 | December 8, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

CP was just on 980....said he wanted to come back this season but that if his career is over or if he leaves the Skins he has had a good career. Think the problem is with his vision.

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 8, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

bean

"I think Ganther is a keeper, I've seen speed, wiggle, power, I hope he stays..."

I agree.

If he gets a game where suddenly he's being 'fed' the ball, the FO is showing its desire to see him against four solid NFL defenses--two of which are in the NFC East (Dallas/NY).

This might be interesting.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 8, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

the makeover is beginning

Posted by: connskins | December 8, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Considering next year, the Portis injury is one of the best things that happened this year. IMO we've seen enough out of Rock and Ganther, that we don't need to go after a RB next year as some people were and are still saying. We've got a time share that is performing plenty well enough that we can focus on other positions first. We might not have known we already had starters on our bench if it was still Portis / Betts playing.

Posted by: REXskins | December 8, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Whatever happened to Aldridge?
He's two cubes down from etrod.
15 minutes can save you 15%.
Dropping the ball can save you from concussions.

Posted by: daggar | December 8, 2009 3:21 PM | Report abuse

"I think people are arguing for the sake of arguing regarding LL30."

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Do people really argue for the sake of anything else here? But I agree, talk of cutting him is silly.

Posted by: closer44 | December 8, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Really don't understand why they didn't do this before now. ...

Posted by: js_edit | December 8, 2009 3:06 PM

I'm not a businessman and I don't know the ins and outs of the CBA or Portis' contract, but my hunch is that the delay had something to do with money.

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 3:24 PM | Report abuse

So by the logic of cutting the PK we should also cut Sellers and Landry and Zorn

they all played a big hand in the loss

Sellers - Fumble
Landry - 2 TDs
Zorn - sucky play calling from the 4 yard line

Posted by: noonefromtampa | December 8, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

It's strange how they conducts lots of silly polls during gameday threads, but they don't have a poll for the above entry.

And it's obvious what it should be:

Has Clinton Portis played his last game as a Redskin?

Yes:

No:

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 8, 2009 3:26 PM | Report abuse

Get healthy and get gone. You were great when you were in shape. Now you can reflect on your carrer somewhere else and tell some other teams how great you are and how your statistics match up and how you get no respect. You came in in shape last year and were a top 5 back. This year you came in out of shape and sucked.

Posted by: Roland_miller1 | December 8, 2009 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that the Skins Dr. cleared Portis to play last week but the specialist said no.

Maybe sad is a better word to use.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

... IMO we've seen enough out of Rock and Ganther, that we don't need to go after a RB next year as some people were and are still saying. ...

Posted by: REXskins | December 8, 2009 3:20 PM

IMO Skins need to be thinking about drafting a #1 RB in the first or second round and still do. Neither Rock nor Ganther is #1 RB material.

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I meant "Skins needed to be thinking about drafting a #1 RB." The writing on the wall on Portis' slide has been be legible for a while now. The problem up to this point has been his contract and his speschy speschy relationship with The Owner.

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Running Rock and Ganther next year is fine, but if LeGarrette Blount falls to a later round, I hope they snatch him up.

He'd be a bargain.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 8, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Portis will play for Skins again...book it.

ZORN played the game like panty waste, any other arguement is tart

FG wasnt the only horrendous late game mistake.

The Skins make their own bad luck

If Vinny is retained I gotta do some deep soul searching about the amount I care about this team.

Oh and in he Hamster league I am 2-0 against 4Th leapfrogging him into 4th place with a monster 5 game winning streak and I get D-Jack back next week. FEAR ME HAMSTERS!

Posted by: chrislarry | December 8, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Add me to the "get Alex Boone from the niners practice squad" list.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 8, 2009 3:13 PM

There's a list? I haven't been to the wiki site in a long time.

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

but my hunch is that the delay had something to do with money

or that he was going to see a specialist in Pittsburgh...and they determined he hadn't improved enough...and that another hit could have caused more damage

you know, facts and all.....did you even read this??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 8, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

There's a list? I haven't been to the wiki site in a long time.

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 3:32 PM

There's a list for everything. Send me $5 and I can get you on this list, and somewhere in the top five.

Posted by: League-Source | December 8, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Running backs need FRESH LEGS. Portis contributed a lot. Time to move on.

Unfortunately, his contract won't let us. Hopefully whomever is in charge next year will have the BALLS to not just hand Portis the starting RB job.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 8, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Cut Suisham - Yes
Talk of cutting an actual player- no

Peeps like to talk about cutting Rodgers and Landry, but they can't be serious...Right?

Blathche needs to put these guys in positions where they can succeed. He and Gray need to catch just as much flack.

Landry is unfortunately our best FS and SS and him playing center field (30 yds away from the line) is the problem. Get a FS in FA or the draft and he will prosper.

Los needs to play the bump and run and not play 10 yards off the line where he is susceptible to the double move. Although for Gray and Blatche to put him in a place to succeed more than likely means the bench.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 8, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

... If Vinny is retained I gotta do some deep soul searching about the amount I care about this team. ...

Posted by: chrislarry | December 8, 2009 3:32 PM

This is why the ideal scenario to get rid of The Owner is for him to load up the truck and move to Beverly ... Hills that is, swimming pools, movie stars. Los Angeles.

Sure, the City will be starved for an NFL franchise for a season, but there are plenty other crumbling franchises that need fan bases (Jacksonville?). For glory day long timers whose loyalty is based on the houses that Edward Bennett Williams and Jack Kent Cook built (and that The Owner has turned into a brothel), there would still be a jersey to follow in L.A. Then before too long, we could get a sane ownership group, meaning one team to follow and another team to root for ... or whatever.

[Its the only way The Owner goes.]

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

or that he was going to see a specialist in Pittsburgh...and they determined he hadn't improved enough...and that another hit could have caused more damage

you know, facts and all.....did you even read this??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1
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Or CP's agent coulda said "Portis is pretty banged up all over and could rest the remainder of the season, unless you REALLY need him".

And FO coulda said "That's cool, we're not going to the playoffs anyway and we want to see what the younger RBs can do"

And then they make the PR statements that everyone expects to hear so there's no huge backlash.

Maybe, maybe not. Nobody really knows what goes on behind the PR screen but my guess is, it's more complicated than the sparse info we get.

Posted by: REXskins | December 8, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Running backs need FRESH LEGS. Portis contributed a lot. Time to move on.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 8, 2009 3:35 PM

Way premature to be writing off CP or figuring how he fits in next year. If the guy comes back in shape and hungry he can compete with anyone else we will have in camp. Personally, I think he's a prideful man who will do what it takes next year.

Posted by: League-Source | December 8, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Portis days are not numbered yet with the Redskins......

Next year?

Redemption...

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 8, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Bday boy sweeny I can't follow you down that road....I can only hope age gets snyder a 1/3 rd of a clue and Vinny is gone. I gotta live in the world of semi-reality.

Posted by: chrislarry | December 8, 2009 3:41 PM | Report abuse

you know, facts and all.....did you even read this??

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | December 8, 2009 3:33 PM

Yes, I did. I completely and accurately read what the Team is reporting in its press statements. Let me guess ... if someone says somethinng, it is a fact, is that right? The guy has had blurry vision for four weeks ... he was Trent Green concussed ... these FACTS you referred to, do they include anything about injury clauses in his contract?

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Running Rock and Ganther next year is fine, but if LeGarrette Blount falls to a later round, I hope they snatch him up.

He'd be a bargain.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 8, 2009 3:31 PM

You have a strange love affair with B*tch punch Blount, my friend.

Too much talent to fall and at 6'2" 240, he won't make it past the 4th round

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 8, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Good-bye Portis. You gave the team some great memories. I hope you can come back with a brown bag work ethic and a body that is 100% repaired. If not, please don't come back.

Let me jump on the bandwagon to sign an offensive lineman. This Boone guy sounds like a winner...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 8, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

cL, just working out the possibilities ... I don't see it happenening either ... but its better karma than wishing injury or disease on somebody.

Posted by: dcsween | December 8, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

right now go get Rookie OT Boone off of the 49ers Psquad!

Posted by: zjfr2 | December 8, 2009 3:02 PM |

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Add me to the "get Alex Boone from the niners practice squad" list.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 8, 2009 3:13 PM

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Hell yeah! I've been beatin' that drum since pre season. Thought we should have taken him instead of Eddie Williams in the 7th round.

DO IT!

Posted by: edvar | December 8, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

beep beep surprise.

Posted by: Curzon417 | December 8, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

LOL.. I wouldn't call it a love affair, I just think Blount is a good runner.

And I don't care at all about the punch; that idiot from Boise State was taunting him and asking for it. He got what he asked for.

It may still be wrong, but he's a young guy who plays with heart.

It's not like he's Pacman Jones or Plaxico Burress, involved in criminal off-the-field trouble.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 8, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I could also live with them signing a tight end. May I suggest Robbie Agnone? I believe he is still on New England's developmental roster.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 8, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

I think the Portis/Betts/Cartwright output this year indicates the true problem with the Redskins - handing jobs to players. Everybody out there has to earn their spot. If a high priced player isn't practicing well enough in preseason or giving enough effort, demote them and make them prove they deserve the HONOR of playing time for the WASHINGTON FREAKIN' REDSKINS.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 8, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

LOL.. I wouldn't call it a love affair, I just think Blount is a good runner.

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Do you think Blount will still be there in the fourth round? He'd be a steal at that spot.

Posted by: edvar | December 8, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Running Rock and Ganther next year is fine, but if LeGarrette Blount falls to a later round, I hope they snatch him up.

He'd be a bargain.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 8, 2009 3:31 PM

If he's there early 4th, I'd take him.

Posted by: TWISI | December 8, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

WOOHOO!

Wish him well and hope he gets healthy...

But the Skins do NOT need him...
Not this year...
Not any year after this

Posted by: dglelite | December 8, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

that boone guy can drink 40 beers in a day. sign him

Posted by: follybeach | December 8, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

CP has most likely played his last game with the Skins.

It sounds like it may be best for him to retire. He has made good money and probably shouldn't risk further injury since at this point he would only be a back up for most teams.

Posted by: skinsFan74 | December 8, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

WOOHOO!

Wish him well and hope he gets healthy...

But the Skins do NOT need him...
Not this year...
Not any year after this


Posted by: dglelite

Sure...There are plenty of RBs that rush for 1400 yards every year. He's still the best RB on team and, when healthy, one of the best in the league.

CP healing=redemption next year.

Posted by: dcwun | December 8, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

CP has as great a shot at leading the Redskins to a championship as Arenas does for the Wizards..but my statement is probably heresey around here.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 8, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

CP has as great a shot at leading the Redskins to a championship as Arenas does for the Wizards..but my statement is probably heresey around here.

Posted by: BrokenClipboard | December 8, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Who cares -- their running game has been better without him.

Posted by: dolph924 | December 8, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Who would've thought that young players trying to prove themselves would produce?

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 8, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Their running game has been fine w/o him. I think he is well past his prime -- time to look elsewhere for an RB in the offseason.

Posted by: dolph924 | December 8, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

dcwun- When is the last time portis got those 1400 yards in any year where he had a decent yards per carry average???

It has been a LONG while...

Any 1400 yards is something we will not see again from CP most likely

Posted by: dglelite | December 8, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I know Zorn is probably gone next season, but I would really like to see this staff in place for one more year. the players are fighting for Zorn, and Lewis calls one hell of a game. I say they get another chance.
-Cut Portis
-Draft 1st Rd OT
-Draft 2nd Rd RB
-Cut ARE
-Keep JC17
-Draft more OL to keep him upright

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 8, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Sure...There are plenty of RBs that rush for 1400 yards every year. He's still the best RB on team and, when healthy, one of the best in the league.

CP healing=redemption next year.

Posted by: dcwun
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Funniest post of the day. Take another swig of kool-aid. Portis is washed up, and a cancer to the team- and has been for a while.

Posted by: richard_cranium | December 8, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

I'm also in favor of smoking a Blount if he falls to the 4th round

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 8, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

hopefully you get well Portis and we see you next year

Posted by: coparker5 | December 8, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

He won't be back.

Posted by: Trout1 | December 8, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

No need to come back, CP. Rock Cartwright is doing just fine.

Posted by: sjcsando | December 8, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I'm in the minority, but I totally don't get people saying he should hang it up. It was just a little over a year ago that he was being hyped for league MVP. It was also a little over a year ago that Aikman called him "the most complete player in the NFL". Sure, it's time to think about a succesor, but he'll be 28 when next season starts. It's not like he's in his 30's.

I do wish he'd go to grammar school...lol. But this team has much bigger problems to worry about than Clinton Portis.

Posted by: messykat | December 8, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Portis will be an old 28 this year with 8 years in the league and the most carries of any RB not named LT during that period. His best days were behind him even before the concussion. I also don't see a new coach with real authority catering to his whims and letting him get away with things like he did under Zorn and Gibbs.

Loyalty is not valued at Redskin Park unless your name is Cerrato so I don't see CP being invited back even if the doctors clear him. Both he and Brian Westbrook are through with their current teams and should get out of football before they have permanent brain injuries. Thanks for all of the memories CP and good luck in retirement.

Posted by: wizfan89 | December 8, 2009 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Mike Shanahan must be under contract and change is starting to happen....

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | December 8, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Mike Shanahan must be under contract and change is starting to happen....

Posted by: LongTimeSkinsFan | December 8, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Since he is owed like 8mil next year in guaranteed $$$, I wonder what retirement would do to the Skins in terms of a cap hit...

Would it be the same as if he is released?

Posted by: dglelite | December 8, 2009 5:13 PM | Report abuse

CP is one smart dude -- why continue as a gladiator when one can take the money and retire to a life of luxury at only 30 years of age?

Posted by: AncientTerp | December 8, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

If CP is wise (this is legitimately questionable - note the Michael Vick "they're his dogs" comments) -

He'll read & follow the writing on the wall (brain damage in progress) -
take the money, and run.

Let's see if his ego and the possibility of more paychecks overrides common sense.

And for the record,

Denver got the better end of the trade.
Champ Bailey is still playing consistent "A-level" football,
and doesn't feel the need to continuously make a public fool out of himself in a constant search for attention.

Posted by: daveque | December 8, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

This may be the end of the road for CP. I got alot of heat from friends when I told them the trade for sending Champ Bailey and a second round pick to Denver for Clinton Portis was a bad trade for the skins. Well, champ is still one of the few shutdown corners in the league while Portis hasnt been a top shelf back in years.

You never trade a shutdown corner for a top flight running back. You can get those in the draft alot easier than corners.

Posted by: theAnswerIs42 | December 8, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

They need to cut him in the offseason. He isn't worth the money anymore. Offense looked better with Rock and Betts and even Gaither.

Posted by: SeanA1 | December 8, 2009 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Clinton should retire. Can you imagine him talking like Ali but only with worse grammar? Who would be able to understand him? He needs subtitles now!

Posted by: whatyoutalkinboutman | December 8, 2009 7:27 PM | Report abuse

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