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Zorn: Redskins will be cautious with Portis

Running back Clinton Portis was knocked out of Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the second quarter, suffering an apparent concussion on a run that was later called back because of a holding call.

Portis, the Redskins' leading rusher on the season, took the ball from quarterback Jason Campbell and ran over left tackle with three minutes, 26 seconds left in the first quarter and the Redskins trailing 7-0. Center Casey Rabach held on the play, but Portis fell hard to the Georgia Dome turf when he was tackled by Atlanta defensive backs Chevis Jackson and Thomas DeCoud.

Portis lay face-down on the turf for a few seconds before team athletic trainers rolled him over. Coach Jim Zorn said Portis was "knocked out."

"You tell me what happened," Portis said after the game. "I don't remember what happened."

Zorn said it was too early to say how long Portis might be out, if at all.

"He had kind of one of those smiles on his face that you know [he] was wondering what the heck happened," Zorn said. "I would never make a diagnosis on a guy getting knocked out. We just have to wait and see. There'll be some tests to see whether or not there was a concussion and how long it takes."

Zorn said the team would be "cautious" about Portis's return. Portis spent the second half of the game on the sideline in a T-shirt and athletic shorts.

"I got a headache," he said. "I'm sore. But I think I'll be all right."

Portis, who ran just four times for four yards, was replaced by backup Ladell Betts, who carried 15 times for 70 yards -- more than in any game since 2006 -- and scored a touchdown on a fourth-down play from the 1.

"It's an unfortunate situation for Clinton," Betts said. "You never want to see a fellow teammate go down. But it's also an opportunity for myself and Rock [Cartwright]. And I was able to get in there and get in a rhythm, something I haven't been able to do in a while. It was fun, but all for naught because we didn't win."

Betts' third-quarter touchdown was his first of the year and instantly tied him with Portis and punter Hunter Smith for the team lead in rushing touchdowns.

Portis's injury was just one in a slew suffered by the Redskins Sunday. Campbell, who was sacked five times, was twice knocked from the game, the first time in the first half with a chest bruise, the next with what Zorn later described as a "high ankle sprain" in the second half. Campbell returned even after the ankle sprain, and he'll be evaluated during the week.

Offensive tackle Mike Williams also sprained an ankle and was replaced by D'Anthony Batiste. Safety Reed Doughty sprained his knee.

By Barry Svrluga and Rick Maese  |  November 8, 2009; 6:55 PM ET
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first?!?!?!? 1st!?!?!?!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 8, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Best thing that could happen this season is for the incredibly overpaid, gimpy, opinionated, big mouthed and overrated Portis to go down for the season. Get rid of this piece of garbage. I can't believe we gave up Champ Bailey for this chump. I hope one of the Broncos can lay out D. Hall and end his career as a Redskin. He's another cheap shot overpaid and incredibly overrated corner back. My team is going up in flames. I hate Snyder and Cerrato with a passion. I gave Hall the benefit of the doubt and he proved me wrong. He's garbage. Release him tomorrow. I hate my team so much right now. I want to scream.

Posted by: natsfan007 | November 8, 2009 7:07 PM | Report abuse

However, the lack of discipline, effort, and in some cases plain stupidity (Landry and Alexander's personal fouls) is the head coach's responsibility, since he is responsible for preparing the players, and he is also responsible for the coaches/coordinators that work under him.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | November 8, 2009 6:45 PM |

The team (players and coaches) will be totally rebuilt after the season mercifully ends. Anything that happens perormance-wise between now and then short of being egregous (i.e., LL) is being written off as doing something that had to be done and treated accordingly. Anybody who stands out obviously has a leg up on being around next year.

Posted by: GasFace | November 8, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

most awkward moment in nfl tv history...the norv tuner and lt chest bump / hug.

Posted by: BMACattack | November 8, 2009 7:14 PM | Report abuse

The second have offensive play-calling and the execution of those plays were a welcomed sight. However, I'm starting to see JZ interject himself more and more in picking the actual plays being run in critical situation. For example the 4th and 1 where Sellers got thrown for a loss. It's the same play the team ran against the Bucs in a similar situation, except it was Moss coming across the the formation. Talk about a lack of imagination on Zorn's part. That's been a part of what has hurt this team this year, Zorn's play-calling. This team is playing without discipline and passion, and that falls on Zorn as well. The team will be better served with a HC who will harp on the details, and execution of plays. The team will be better served with an experienced and imaginitive play-caller. HTTR.

Posted by: TWISI | November 8, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

One game closer to Sam Bradford!!!!!!

Posted by: thehogs1 | November 8, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"Portis was replaced by backup Ladell Betts, who carried 15 times for 70 yards -- more than in any game since 2006 -- and scored a touchdown on a fourth-down play from the 1."

Betts played with his heart on his sleeve.

Let him be the lead dog for a while.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 8, 2009 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"Zorn said it was too early to say how long Portis might be out, if at all."

The season is over, the Skins should be playing to lose games and win a high draft ranking. Give Port-o-let and Cooley High the rest of the season off. See what their replacements can do. Might find something of trade value.

Posted by: GasFace | November 8, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

@ThirdBase -- "The season is over"? You don't say.

"Betts' third-quarter touchdown was his first of the year and instantly tied him with Portis and punter Hunter Smith for the team lead in rushing touchdowns."

Man, that was a painful line to read. Thanks for rubbing it in, City Councilmen.

Posted by: WorstSeat | November 8, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe without the cry baby they might do something in the running game.

Posted by: devore07 | November 8, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Suggest they give Portis a week off from practice... and then see if he's willing to play on Sunday. You know, treat the prima donna the same as any other week.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 9, 2009 7:32 AM | Report abuse

i think Portis has simply quit on the team. He's tired of getting hit in the backfield, and this is his way of showing his displeasure with the o-line. I'd be surprised if he played the rest of the season.

Posted by: ralston21 | November 9, 2009 9:12 AM | Report abuse

As Portis lay face down on the turf I actually clapped and cheered for the first time this year!

As I've said for years he is vastly overrated! He has done NOTHING for this team since his arrival but fake injuries! He is a good blocker.. period!

Posted by: iubiquity | November 9, 2009 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Clinton Portis Pockets Strait!

Posted by: rlomax67 | November 9, 2009 11:04 AM | Report abuse

i hope to never see Portis suit up again. And fk Joe Gibbs. He saddled us with Portis and according to Sonny gave his blessing on Vinny Cerrato leading this organization. Go to hell Joe.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 9, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

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