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Portis Speaks

Portis said he's about 75 percent, would not be ready to play if he had to today and sounds very skeptical about being ready for Monday. he kept talking about the long-term and not doing anything to hurt himself for the long haul by rushing back.

He said he's 75 percent right now, and does not want to come back until he's 100 percent.

When he comes back he wants to be himself, a 25-carry back, and with so much time off and so few hits under his belt, that's not him right now. Said it would probably take at least two tough practices for him to be ready to play, and, unless he was doing some serious bluffing, I'd say don't start him on your fantasy teams and prepare to see a lot fo Ladell Betts Monday night.

Gibbs says Portis is still day-to-day and it will be the player's decision to play or not. Barring a complete turnaround in the next 48 hours, I wouldn't plan on him for the opener.

By Jason La Canfora  |  September 7, 2006; 4:40 PM ET
 
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Comments

Thanks for the update! What's your call should Betts get dinged up -- Duckett or Cartwright to get the call from the coaches?

Posted by: G Money | September 7, 2006 4:49 PM | Report abuse

So when the deuce should we expect to see the Costumed One on the field and out of Mommy's dress-up closet?

Posted by: Stewie Griffin | September 7, 2006 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Jason - Thanks so much for the due diligence today. It is really appreciated. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog throughout the season.

Posted by: Scott | September 7, 2006 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Dagger.

Posted by: Andrew | September 7, 2006 4:53 PM | Report abuse

I'd say they're shooting for Sunday night. Coach Joe won't rule him out for Monday and will probably make it a "game-time decision," but Clinton seemed pretty resigned to the fact that it didn't make sense to push it for this week.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | September 7, 2006 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Referee Ed Hocchuli should be tested for Steriods. He's a beast.

Posted by: Rob | September 7, 2006 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Just about every football prognosticator has picked the Skins to beat the Vikings on Monday, without even knowing the status of Portis or even mentioning it as a factor. I think this game is pretty much in the bag, let him rest up for Dallas.

Posted by: Wei | September 7, 2006 6:21 PM | Report abuse

aint nothing in the bag...thats why they play the games...but i like that everyone is overwhelmingly picking the Skins...with such a tough schedule and division, we need ALL the games we are supposed to win...which i believe is what ive heards someone say is the mark of a good team...

just got my HD LCD TV today and getting NFL Sunday ticket installed tomorrow in time for week 1 baby...my HD season ticket to the Skins!!!

YEAH BABY!!!

and at the very least...now i wont have to spend my sunday mornings in the freagin' bar with those whiney and arrogant seahawks fans!!!

the refs...the refs...whaaaaaanh!!!!

bahahahahahahaha!!!!!

Posted by: seattle deadskin | September 7, 2006 7:31 PM | Report abuse

God, Seahawks fans are such whining crybabies. They spent the entire Super Bowl and offseason whining like it was the first football game they ever saw. Yeesh.

Posted by: P Diddy | September 7, 2006 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Jason La Canfora writes "Ten Redskins said they shared Jansen's sentiment." So...did you interview each and every Redskin before stating that exactly "ten" shared Jansen's views, therefore implying 43 disagree? If not, then you are doing the exact same thing many people are implying Jansen did wrong: estimating without the facts.

We expect more out of you Jason.

Posted by: Bobby Digital | September 8, 2006 12:27 AM | Report abuse

I think he is stirring up controversy where there is none with Friday's story on Jansen's HBO comments. This is the one thing I cannot put up with as a loyal reader of the Washington Post: the blatant creation of psuedo-controversies. Seriously, does anyone want to read about this stuff? NO!

PLEASE JASON, NO MORE ARTICLES LIKE THIS!

Posted by: Not happy with Jason | September 8, 2006 12:37 AM | Report abuse

What's up with Jansen anyway? He's played like crap this preseason, including in training camp practices where Daniels was just owning him, and now he's gone and labeled himself a snitch around the NFL? I wonder how many players will be seeking put a shoulder pad into that repaired ACL of his after that little revelation? How dumb can you be to come out and say this WHILE YOU ARE STILL PLAYING? Even guys who don't take HGH or any other substance probably are annoyed by him because he just comes off as someone who's willing to throw people under the bus. Even people in the organization are peeved at him, including Bubba Tyer? Wow. I wonder what Joe Gibbs is thinking...this has become a bit of a distraction and now his right tackle's gone and put a lot of attention on himself for this season. Yikes.

Posted by: Walt | September 8, 2006 1:33 AM | Report abuse

I know only a handful of NFL players, and I believe (or want to believe) that none of them would resort to performance enhancing drugs. That said, I do believe that there is a problem with performance enhancing drugs in the NFL (and I think anyone who doesn't believe so is deluding themselves).

On HBO, Jansen's comments reeked of misinformation and one man's opinion, rather than of someone who has hard, incontrivertible truth. It's a function of our modern media that Jansen's comments got broadcasted. But once they're broadcasted, that fact alone becomes news and the WashPo has an obligation to report on it and determine its veracity. Remember, the WashPo (or Jason) did not break this story initially, another news outlet (HBO) did.

Personally, I really, really, really want to believe that all NFL players are clean. But, like Jansen insinuates, the money and stature associated with being (and staying) an NFL player is a drug in and of itself. That a weak-minded and (probably) physically inferior individual in the NFL resorts to this behavior should not be surprising. Honestly, were I in the same situation, I have no idea how I would behave. But that's not *germane* (teehee) to the question at hand (whether this warrants the WashPo's coverage).

Specifically to the WashPo's coverage, once this information is public on HBO, the reporters on the paper have an obligation to get to the bottom of it and fill in the deep background. As we all know, television journalism is a vapid, headline-grabbing medium where deep background is eschewed for sensationalist behavior. That Jansen has now "backed off" his statements and claimed that by "15-20%" he, in fact, meant "a small number" adds much-needed perspective to the "controversy". Further, the opinions of his teammates adds interesting color to the story as well since, in all likelihood, they have been exposed to the same players and locker room behavior as Jansen.

Bottom line: this *is* news.

Posted by: P Diddy | September 8, 2006 1:51 AM | Report abuse

Is steroids in sports a news item? Absolutely! Its rocked virtually every other major sport, except basketball to my knowledge. And what Jansen said only makes sense. There are almost certainly people in the NFL who would be open to cheating, there is a lot of pressure for it, and with HGH, the door is open. So, Jansen shined some light on that issue and drew attention to it. It didn't come out at the most desirable time, and it brings negative attention to the Redskins right now, but its still probably a good thing for the league and the players.

Posted by: Pike | September 8, 2006 8:55 AM | Report abuse

So Portis doesn't want to play until he's 100%. OK, but what about after that? It seems like every player isn't 100% once training camp starts as they all have a little nick here and there. If Portis gets a Boo-Boo in the first game he plays, is he going to sit out until that heals too?

Posted by: ABH | September 8, 2006 11:20 AM | Report abuse

P. Diddy: right on!

Posted by: Stewie Griffin | September 8, 2006 11:54 AM | Report abuse

i saw we lay off portis not wanting to play in week 1 if he isnt 100%...i dont want him rushing back before he is ready this early in the season...my take on what portis is trying to convey is that he doesnt want to rush back and have this be a problem all year...do you really want him in and out all year long...same thing with Springs and Griffen and etc. etc. This is just week one...lets let these guys heal and be ready when we really need them...

im guessing if this was week 15 and we were fighting for the playoffs every single one of them would go...but this early in the season against the vikes in a year with high expectations...let make sure these guys get back to 100% and are in a position to make it through the season...

Yo PDiddy...you are so right but you wouldnt believe how rediculous it still is...(seattle fans) they are still whining about it today...heard in on the radio this morning and i talked some trash in email today with a bunch of fans about it...whine whine whine...they literally feel they actually won the super bowl and that the refs stole it away...thats what a DJ said today...

i just laugh and say to my buddies if the seahawks had a tougher schedule they probably would have been a hardned team that could have over come a little adversity in the big game...

they had such a cake walk schedule that they just cruised all they way through and werent battle tested like the steelers were...

and then they just whine some more! too funny...they have no sense of football reality or what it takes to win or how to appreciate progress...how skins fans like us appreciate a 10-6 season and a playoff win...every single seahawks fan threw in the towel on their season after week 4 when they lost in OT to the skins...of course by the time they had clinched their division and got to the super bowl they were all arrogant like it was a given all along...

and you shoulda listened to them whine about how they should won that game in week 4 and that really they actually beat us...what about the part where they shouldnt even have been in the game or had the opportunity to kick the game winning field goal...or the fact that they shoulda lost to NY and Dallas...they actually thought those were games they deserved to win...so oblivious to reality...i love to play head games with them...

Posted by: seattle deadskin | September 8, 2006 3:18 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe someone would challenge Portis's decision to play or not play. This is a dude who left it all on the field last year and got his team into the playoffs. If he can't go, it's because he *really* can't go.

Yeesh, just go back and watch that Philly game.

This is one dude whose toughness is above reproach.

Posted by: P Diddy | September 8, 2006 3:23 PM | Report abuse

deadskin: I live in Seattle (lower QA) during the week...I hear it every damn day. :-)

Posted by: P Diddy | September 8, 2006 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Hey there. I thought this was clear in the story, but maybe it wasn't, now that you mention it.
Howard and I approached 10 Redskins at random based on who was milling around the locker room, and all 10 said essentially the same thing as Jansen - we would be naive to think no one is using HGH, given that it cannot be detected.
Thanks for all the feedback. This is a good dialogue.
Cheers.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | September 8, 2006 10:39 PM | Report abuse

PDiddy...right on bro! im on the east side in belleveue but only b/c i dont want to commute across the bridges...someday we'll ahve to meet up to watch a game!

Posted by: seattle deadskin | September 11, 2006 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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