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Redskins awaiting MRI on Clinton Portis' injury

The Redskins are awaiting the results of an MRI exam on running back Clinton Portis, who injured his groin in yesterday's win over the Philadelphia Eagles, but are pleased with the play of backup Ryan Torain, Coach Mike Shanahan said at his weekly news conference Monday.

Despite a shortage of NFL experience, Torain has a lot of "upside," Shanahan said. "I'm looking for him to have a good NFL career," he added.

Shanahan said the team was certain Torain, who had 70 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries Sunday while alternating with Portis, would be brought up from the practice squad. "We would've been heartbroken" if another team had taken him, Shanahan said.

Shanahan also said that if quarterback Donovan McNabb "had to do it over again," he would have stayed inbounds on a late scramble that picked up a first down, rather than heading out of bounds and stopping the clock. The move gave the Eagles precious extra time on their final, unsuccessful drive.

Shanahan said offensive tackle Trent Williams, who has missed the past two games with knee and toe injuries, should be able to return to practice Wednesday. Shanahan did not disclose the illness that sidelined offensive lineman Artis Hicks, but said he, too, would be ready for practice Wednesday.

And he said Sunday's game "by far" the best game played by defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth. "The more he plays like that, the more he'll play," Shanahan said.

By Rick Maese  | October 4, 2010; 3:22 PM ET
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