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Portis Update

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer

The worst season of Clinton Portis's life came to an abrupt end yesterday, seven games sooner than expected, leaving the Washington Redskins' premier offensive star with a long offseason of rehabilitation and much to overcome if he is regain his form as an elite tailback in 2007. Portis was placed on injured reserve yesterday after having surgery to repair a broken bone in his right hand Monday, and will also require surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder,
which was partially dislocated on the opening drive of the preseason.

Portis, 25, had managed to elude serious injury through his first four NFL seasons, despite being used as a workhorse by the Redskins, but the inevitable wear and tear of his brutally physical position and his all-out style of play caught up to him this year. Portis, generously listed at 5-foot-11, 212 pounds but probably much closer to 5-9, said he was never fully healthy this season, hobbled by ankle and hand problems even after his shoulder, twice injured, began to heal. He knew in August that his shoulder would need to be re-evaluated at season's end, and with him already ragged the team has decided it best to perform shoulder surgery in the next few weeks after Portis's hand is sufficiently healed, according to Bubba Tyer, director of sports medicine.

"You know in football you're going to have nicks and bruises, and it's only a matter of time (until a serious injury arises)," Portis said. "If you play long enough it's going to happen. If I ran out of bounds every play I'm sure I'd be a lot happier, but at the same time I'd be getting bashed for running out of bounds. You can't win in this situation. It's going to happen, and my time is going to come to end one day, eventually. And before it do I want to get the most out of this game, and if my carries pile up I'm going to have the opportunity to walk away on top of this game with money."

Tyer said there is torn cartilage in Portis's shoulder, which must be repaired, and the doctors will also likely tighten Portis's shoulder during that arthroscopic procedure. The labrum repair alone requires a four-to-five month rehab, Tyer said, "so we want to get it done as soon as we can." The cast on Portis's hand must come off first, but Tyer was hopeful the surgery could be performed within the next three weeks.

By Jason La Canfora  |  November 15, 2006; 4:27 PM ET
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Get well soon CP!!

Posted by: SBXLII | November 15, 2006 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Achy breaky back
Returns as Bionic Man
Leads Skins to SB

Posted by: MV Dame | November 15, 2006 4:56 PM | Report abuse

We'll miss you Clinton Portis. Come back next year and do your thing.

side note... something that fans don't want to hear, but can't blame the player for it: I wish his quote ended
"You can't win in this situation. It's going to happen, and my time is going to come to end one day, eventually. And before it do I want to get the most out of this game, and if my carries pile up I'm going to have the opportunity to walk away on top of this game..."

But he had to stick the "with money" at the end. I ain't hating, its just always disappointing when you hear them talk about money cause we're just fans and want fame, glory and Lombardi trophies... but alas, its his job and if I got beat up like CP did every sunday, I'd expect to get some $krilla for my efforts.

Posted by: Dorf | November 15, 2006 4:57 PM | Report abuse

8 years, $50 million, with a $17 million signing bonus....

Posted by: JankySpankyGotPaid | November 15, 2006 5:02 PM | Report abuse

JankySpanky is only 25 years old, what the hell is he talking about with this "my time is going to come to an end one day..." get your chin up Portis. Your future is still bright!!

Posted by: Max | November 15, 2006 5:08 PM | Report abuse


#1 Betts will break 1,000 yards this season!!

#2 TJ Duckett will have more TDs at the end of the season than Portis (7).

Posted by: Max | November 15, 2006 5:09 PM | Report abuse


I still duck into pawn shops now and again looking for my '01 used thrice Taylor Made's with Burner Woods and Crown Royal bag (at least a g worth of clubs). I'll keep an eye out for your cards. Unless these guys are using Ebay...Regardless, my fault for leaving door unlocked. They check about 2-3am in alley driveways. Oh, and not insured as I was young, renting, and naive. Miss you Fed Hill!!!

C-Port...hope you got 2 more good ones in you man...that hurts.


Posted by: Pub Golf | November 15, 2006 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Just took a look at the stats, and even though he only has 7 carries, TJ Ducket is averaging 5.7 yards/carry. Betts is averaging 4.5/carry, and Sellers is averaging 4.5/carry. Portis 4.1/carry. Maybe losing Portis won't be as big of a loss as we think. I'm thinking his blocking will be what we miss the most with him.

Posted by: Max | November 15, 2006 5:14 PM | Report abuse

The skins only have 2 INTs on the year and those were by kenny wright and p. daniels. That's the most telling stat I've seen!!

Posted by: Max | November 15, 2006 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Max- The D hasn't forced a turnover in the last 21 quarters! More than 5 games!! Amazing isn't it? Doesn't seem possible>

Posted by: JankySpankyGotPaid | November 15, 2006 5:36 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Alvoid Mays | November 15, 2006 5:39 PM | Report abuse

CP hasn't been right all season. They rushed him back after the shoulder injury cause everyone freaked out and figured we were sunk without him.
He needs to heal and rehab and get his sea legs back.

I have a question about all these league insiders and their views on The Souper - if we were 6-3 and MB went out with an injury would we be hearing the same stuff? I think people are piling on the organization because of all the ding dong bull isht we do and we deserve it but I'm not sure I believe anything Soups until I see it with my own eyes for several games.

AMTTS - I was a (lady)Eagle but it was before your time as a Bulldog.

Posted by: sfskin | November 15, 2006 5:49 PM | Report abuse

I think it's pretty official, at this point. Welcome to next season.

Seeing the beating CP's taken to date, I'd rather him take the time now to get himself fixed up, rather than wait until the offseason, then have to see him take a massive amount of time away from minicamps and team drills -- nevermind the possibilities of having him injured even further if he kept going from here on out.

Here's to hoping CP gets well, rests up, and gets ready to grind the opposition down next season.

Posted by: FlimFlam | November 15, 2006 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I just wish it was NEXT SEASON ALREADY. This is so hard to take - 9 games into the season and ours is SO OVER. While the NFC East is ripe for the taking....the Giants, Eagles and Cowboys (horrors!) all playing well. My heart can't take it....

Posted by: Lisa | November 15, 2006 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Pubby, that sux about the clubs.
They kicked through my back door when I was out of town then I was straight-up jacked.
Oh well.

Posted by: Jason La Canfora | November 15, 2006 8:03 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't give up on this season yet.
Look at other divisions in NFC. All but one of second placers have losing records.
I truly believe we still can go to playoffs.
Am I dreaming?

Posted by: thor | November 15, 2006 9:06 PM | Report abuse

cin bolts replay on
boy ladainian can run
wish we could have that

Posted by: RMilot | November 15, 2006 9:16 PM | Report abuse

We shouldn't be allowed to talk about next year until ATLEAST after Thanksgiving!!

Posted by: 4th Floor | November 15, 2006 9:23 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: gibbs | November 15, 2006 9:31 PM | Report abuse

PORTIS will dress up as a running back on thur.(funniest costume)and YES your season is over. and NO betts & duckett wont get alot of yds and TDs(YOUR OVERRATING AGAIN)and YES JC will be a bust!!

Posted by: Redskins Suck | November 15, 2006 9:48 PM | Report abuse

suck, and your team will make the playoffs? DREAM ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you hear that? that's the sound of another dropped pass by your boy "to".

Posted by: dealer | November 15, 2006 10:43 PM | Report abuse

I agree with the comment about him walking away with money. Dude, we and you know you got the money. I would have expected him to say walk away with championships. But, I guess that shows his priority--open your mouth and the truth falls out...

Posted by: Green Baby G. | November 15, 2006 10:54 PM | Report abuse

bummer ...

Posted by: SallieMae | November 16, 2006 2:00 PM | Report abuse

First of all anyone who criticizes CP is an idiot!!!! All he has done is run hard and kept running hard even when the box was fully stacked because no one respected our passing attack... at 200-215lbs and for 2 out of 3yrs running in a 1980's offense straight up the gut riggo style and never complained about it!!!! You have to respect his toughness heart and leadership... he plays hurt, runs hard demands the ball win or lose and even created characters to lighten the mood and sparked a run last year!!!! he is a true redskin... you bring LT and put him in the NFC East and lets see how long he would last.... Gibbs finally pulled the plug on brunell thank the heavens!!! Why did we ever outbid ourselves for MB no one offered him any money comparable to what we paid him secondly think about his years here how many good games has he actually had??? even the miracle dallas game last year he stunk up the place until those two throws, let's not even mention Philly or BOTH Tampa games!!!! brunell has stole money for the past 3yrs we better retire him at the end of this year... I'm glad to see Greg Williams finally eating some humble pie, even Coach Hoodie in NE has 1st rounders playing on their Defense schemes are good but players are better... One last thing please hire a GM who knows the game and a lot of our troubles will be over why does this feel like the movie Ground Hogs Day??? Question do we swap 1st rounders with Denver as a result of the TJ Buckett trade??? if so someone needs to put call block on Gibbs phone whenever Shannahan calls!!!!

Posted by: Stef | November 16, 2006 2:55 PM | Report abuse

You are delusion if you think that the playoffs are a real possibility. Is it mathemetically possible? I guess, because I haven't heard anyone say we've been eliminated.

What teams have won seven games straight this year? That'd be Indy and Chicago. Just can't see it happening.

I still maintain that Brunell was to blame for the less than stellar rushing by Portis/Redskins. Brunell made us one dimensional, plus we had so many three and outs because of his dink and dunks underneath on third and long (so we were always playing catchup). No team had to respect the long ball so they stacked everything close to the line of scrimmage, even on passing downs. With someone who can throw the ball downfield, I suspect the running game will improve, plus it will become more central to the game plan, as it should have been all along.

Posted by: ' Canes Fan (not Miami) | November 16, 2006 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Skins problem is that they pay top dollar for average or worse free agents. Holdman was probably the worst free agent pick-up I've ever seen. And, is Rocky just another flop of a 1st round pick? Or, is he going to live up to expectations one day? Holdman was the worst free agent pick-up I've ever seen in my life.

Posted by: Max | November 16, 2006 5:05 PM | Report abuse

I live in the San Francisco Bay area. Local 49'er and local papers laughed when the Redskins hired former 49'er front office man Vinny Cerrato. They are still laughing.

Posted by: BoFID | November 21, 2006 2:47 PM | Report abuse

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