(8/24/2012) Donning a blue sports coat instead of one of his trademark costumes, an emotional Clinton Portis reflected on a nine-year NFL career and announced his retirement at the ripe age of 30. Portis officially called it quits Thursday, a mere formality given that he hadn't been in the league since 2010. The Redskins, the last team he played for, welcomed him for a final farewell. "It's the closing of a chapter in my life," said Portis, who had to stop and collect himself several times during a 25-minute speech. "I really wasn't expecting to get emotional."
Portis calling it a career
(8/21/2012) Former star running back Clinton Portis is scheduled to announce his retirement at a news conference Thursday, according to the Washington Post. Portis spent nine seasons in the NFL between Washington and Denver. He was released by the Redskins following the 2010 season -- the last year he played in the NFL -- and ranks second on the team's all-time rushing list with 6,824 yards and 46 touchdowns.
Portis cleared, wants a shot
(2/16/2012)Clinton Portis has been cleared for football activities and wants to return to the NFL. Portis told NFL.com that he was hesitant to return after concussion issues abruptly put his career on pause, but he now says he's ready. "I'm open to idea of going out to prove that I can still play," Portis said. "I just turned 30 and with nine years in the NFL and six 1,000-yard seasons that's enough right there to show what I can do. I'm just ready to go prove to whatever team that's ready and willing to open the doors to go out and prove it."
Portis gets a look from Bengals
(9/27/2011) NFL Network reports that the Bengals worked out free agent running backs Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson on Tuesday. The Bengals are looking at possible insurance with Cedric Benson facing a three-game suspension.
Portis tries out with Titans
(9/19/2011) NFL.com reports RB Clinton Portis will try out with the Titans on Tuesday. Portis, who was cut by the Redskins this offseason, has already worked out for the Patriots and Seahawks.
Portis to work out for Seahawks
(8/31/2011) The Everett Herald reports that free agent RB Clinton Portis is expected to work out for the Seahawks. Portis, who will turn 30 on Thursday, is not expected to sign a contract yet.
Patriots try out RB Portis
(8/19/2011) The Boston Herald reports that the Patriots gave RB Clinton Portis a tryout on Friday. Speculation is that the team wanted to see what he could do in the event that one of their running backs got hurt. Portis is unsigned following a 2010 campaign that was lost due to a torn groin, and that followed up a severe concussion that limited him in 2009.
Portis wants Giants, Eagles
(5/25/2011) According to Comcast Sports Net in Washington, RB Clinton Portis went on a local radio show and said he would like to play for the New York Giants. Portis was released by the Redskins in February. To go to the Giants and get to play the Redskins twice a year after them feeling I wasnt capable any more, I think that would be outstanding, he said. Portis also mentioned the possibility of playing for the Eagles. Portis did believe that his time in Washington was up. I think for the situation that was going on in Washington for myself it was time to vacate, he said. The organization was going in a different direction and I really think that Coach (Mike) Shanahan is going to get the organization back on track and back to winning ways, which is what the people in Washington want to see.
Redskins cut Portis
(2/28/2011) "Southeast Jerome" is officially gone for good. As well as "Dolla Bill" and "Sheriff Gonna Getcha." Clinton Portis was released by the Redskins on Monday, ending a charismatic and sometimes contentious seven-year stay that, for a while at least, made him the face of the franchise. Injuries and money led to coach Mike Shanahan's decision. Portis had played in only 13 games over the last two seasons because of a severe concussion in 2009 and a torn groin muscle in 2010. Portis was scheduled to make $8.3 million next season, and Shanahan made it clear at the NFL combine that the Redskins wouldn't keep the 29-year-old running back at that price. "We're going to let him test the market," Shanahan said, "and see what's out there for him." Portis told a local radio station that he was given a chance to restructure his contract, but he said it would be "hard to accept not being the go-guy."
Redskins set to release Portis
(2/28/2011) The Washington Post reports that RB Clinton Portis said in a radio interview Monday that "I should be released today." Portis said that he met recently with owner Daniel Snyder and added, "In Washington, there's nothing left for me to prove." Portis was asked about the drama that accompanied his time in D.C. "One of the biggest reasons for why my time is up in D.C.: the drama and the issues, the back and forth with teammates." For Portis now, "it's not about the money for me at this stage of my career, it's about winning." As for John Riggins' team rushing record: "If the record meant that much, I think I could have stayed in D.C. to get it."
Portis says he can still play
(12/29/2010) Running back Clinton Portis made a surprise appearance in the Redskins' locker room Wednesday, knowing that he might never return. Portis, just 77 yards of 10,000 career rushing yards and 648 shy of Hall of Famer John Riggins' franchise record, wants to remain with the Redskins, but doesn't know what to expect. Portis said that unlike many previous years, he worked diligently during the offseason to show new coach Mike Shanahan, who drafted him in Denver in 2002 and traded him to Washington in 2004, that he wanted to be part of the program. Ryan Torain, who's had his own injury issues but is four years younger than Portis and much cheaper, is emerging as Washington's No. 1 back with 681 yards and 4.7 per carry. Not that Portis thinks he's done if Shanahan bids him adieu again. "I know I got good football left in me, being fresh, the last two years not having a lot of contact," Portis said. "The two injuries, the concussion and the groin, was just really fluke injuries. I don't think that's a wear and tear like, 'Oh, his body broke down.' I don't think I'll be just a contributor on any team. I think a defensive coordinator will probably game plan (for me). I don't think you're gonna look and say, 'That's Portis. Don't worry 'bout him."'
Portis has no plans to retire
(12/2/2010)Clinton Portis is hoping for another chance with the Washington Redskins. The running back said Thursday wants to keep playing, despite back-to-back seasons that have ended early because of injuries. Portis had surgery Tuesday to repair torn muscles in his left groin and lower abdomen. He season ended with a career-low 227 yards in just five games. Last year, Portis played in only eight games before suffering a severe concussion. Portis says he was ready to walk away two years ago because he had lost his "lust" for the game. He says he's regained his enthusiasm under coach Mike Shanahan. Portis, who will 30 next season, says he feels "like I can't leave on this note."
Portis undergoes surgery
(12/2/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis said Thursday his abdomen surgery on Tuesday went well and he's now focused on his recovery. Portis is on IR and out for the season.
Portis placed on IR
(11/24/2010) The Redskins have placed RB Clinton Portis (groin) on injured reserve. Along with his groin issue, Portis also has a new lower abdomen problem that will require surgery.
Portis MRI shows just swelling
(11/23/2010) An MRI on the injured groin of Redskins RB Clinton Portis showed just swelling and no new injury, according to the Washington Post. Portis left Washington's Week 11 win over the Titans with more pain in the groin he originally injured back in Week 4.
Portis could be done for year
(11/22/2010) The Washington Post reports that Redskins RB Clinton Portis, who re-injured his groin in Sunday's game at Tennessee in Week 11, could miss the remainder of the season. "Is it possible? Anything is possible, but who knows?" Portis said. "Gonna get an MRI [Monday] and we'll see. I'm hoping it'll be fine." Portis started against the Titans and rushed five times for 32 yards and caught a pass for 14 yards before leaving. He was replaced by Keiland Williams.
Portis leaves Week 11 early
(11/21/2010) Washington RB Clinton Portis, who looked good early in the Week 11 game against Tennessee, left the game before halftime with the same groin injury that has kept him out for so long. Portis rushed five times for 32 yards and caught a pass for 14 yards but was seen getting help on the trainer's table. He did not see action again in the first half and returned for the second in shorts, ending his afternoon. Portis hopes his groin problem is just scar tissue, but coach Mike Shanahan said after the game Portis is a long shot to play Week 12, reports the Washington Post. "I hope it was scar tissue from the initial shot," Portis said after the game. "I thought it was something major, but I feel better now. I'm going to get the MRI (Monday) and go through everything we need to go through."
Portis starting for Redskins
(11/21/2010) Washington RB Clinton Portis will start at Tennessee in Week 11. His groin has healed enough and he's active and starting in the game. This means Keiland Williams will back up Portis with Ryan Torain out.
Report: Portis will start vs. Titans
(11/21/2010) According to a report on ESPN, Redskins RB Clinton Portis will start Sunday's game at Tennessee. Portis, who has not played since Week 4 with a groin injury, will still share carries with Keiland Williams.
Portis will play vs. Titans
(11/19/2010) Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Friday that RB Clinton Portis (groin) will play at Tennessee in Week 11. "I'm not going to go into detail about workload we'll give him, but he's going to play in the game," Shanahan said. He is officially listed as probable for Sunday.
Portis says he's still in pain
(11/18/2010) WJFK-FM reports that Redskins RB Clinton Portis, who continued to practice on a limited basis Thursday, is still feeling pain in his groin, but that he hasn't ruled himself out for Week 11 against the Titans yet. If he can't go, Keiland Williams or maybe Ryan Torain (hamstring) would get the start. Portis scored two touchdowns the last time he faced the Titans back in 2006. He rushed for 58 yards on 14 carries in that game.
Portis '50-50' to play Week 11
(11/17/2010) Washington RB Clinton Portis, who has not played since Week 4 with a groin injury, said on Tuesday on his radio show that he believes the chances of him playing Week 11 at Tennessee are "50-50," reports the Washington Post. Portis was limited at practice Wednesday. Washington used Keiland Williams in Week 10 against Philadelphia with Ryan Torain missing the game with a hamstring injury. The Redskins are unsure if Torain will be available in Week 11, as with Portis. Portis scored two touchdowns the last time he faced the Titans back in 2006. He rushed for 58 yards on 14 carries in that game.
Portis inactive for Week 10
(11/15/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (groin) was listed as inactive for Week 10 against the Eagles. He wasn't able to practice in full workouts leading up to Monday night's matchup. He has been out since Week 4 with the injury. Ryan Torain (hamstring) was active against Philadelphia, but Keiland Williams got the start.
Report: Portis to be inactive
(11/15/2010) The NFL Network reports Monday that Redskins RB Clinton Portis (groin) is expected to be inactive for Monday night's game against the Eagles. Portis is listed as questionable and wasn't able to practice in full workouts leading up to the Week 10 matchup. He has been out since Week 4 with the injury. Ryan Torain (hamstring) is expected to start against the Eagles, and Keiland Williams would be No. 2 on the depth chart if Portis is out.
Shanahan 'hesitant' with ailing Portis
(11/13/2010) Coach Mike Shanahan wants to be extra careful with Redskins RB Clinton Portis (groin) as the team prepares for the Week10 game against the Eagles. Portis wasn't able to participate in a full workout this week and had swelling after each time he did work. "I'm hesitant to put him in too quick," Shanahan said. "I don't want to set him back." He was limited in Saturday's practice, and though it's difficult to imagine him playing, he remains a game-time decision Monday and is listed as questionable on the injury report. Portis has not played since the Oct. 3 game at Philadelphia. Shanahan said he expects him to play the following week at Tennessee if he can't go Monday night.
(11/12/2010) Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Friday that RB Clinton Portis (groin) is sore and only got a little bit of work in at practice. "He's biting at the bit, but we've got to be smart," said Shanahan, who declined to comment on Portis' chances of playing Monday night. If he can go, he faces an Eagles defense that has not allowed an opposing RB to reach the 100-yard mark in eight games this season. They also rank 12th in the NFL against the run.
Portis unsure of return
(11/11/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis talked about the possibility of playing against the Philadelphia Eagles - while wearing a Phillies baseball cap. Portis said Thursday he's not sure yet whether he'll make his return in Monday night's Eagles-Redskins game. He said he's still "real sore" after missing four games with a left groin injury and can't cut the way he wants. He aims to make sure he doesn't reinjure himself when he plays again. "When I step back on the field, I want to be healthy enough to carry this team for the long run," said Portis, who has only 49 carries for 195 yards this season. Ryan Torain, who has been starting in place of Portis, is nursing a hamstring injury and has been limited in practice. Portis sat out most of practice Thursday, leaving the Redskins short-handed in the backfield as they prepare for Monday's game. Undrafted rookie Keiland Williams, who has 10 carries this season, will start if neither Portis nor Torain can play.
Portis practices more than Torain
(11/10/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (groin) did more work Wednesday at practice than fellow RB Ryan Torain (hamstring). Washington hosts the Eagles in Week 10.
Portis has swelling in his groin
(11/9/2010) The Washington Post reports that Redskins RB Clinton Portis had some swelling in his injured groin after practice on Monday.
Portis cutting in practice
(11/2/2010) Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that RB Clinton Portis (groin) has begun cutting in practice. Portis hurt himself in Week 4 and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
Portis misses Week 8
(10/31/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (groin) was officially listed as inactive for Week 8 at Detroit. Portis started jogging this week, but coach Mike Shanahan said it'll be at least two more weeks before Portis can fully test his pulled groin.
Portis starts jogging
(10/27/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis has started jogging, but coach Mike Shanahan said it'll be at least two more weeks before Portis can fully test his pulled groin. Portis said on his radio show that he'd love to return for the Nov. 15 game vs. Philadelphia (Week 10), but he's still feeling soreness. He was originally expected to miss four to six weeks; he'll miss his third game Week 8.
Portis wants to return Week 10
(10/26/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (torn groin) said on his radio show that he'd love to return for the Nov. 15 game vs. Philadelphia (Week 10), but he's still feeling soreness. The Eagles game would come five weeks after he suffered his injury. The original prognosis was 4-6 weeks.
Portis officially inactive Week 7
(10/24/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis was ruled out early in the week for the Week 7 game at Chicago. Portis was officially listed among Washington's inactives on Sunday. He is dealing with a third degree separation of his groin muscle. He left the Week 4 win over the Eagles with the injury, and has been out since.
Portis ruled out for Week 7
(10/20/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis has already been ruled out for the Week 7 game against the Bears due to a third degree separation of his groin muscle. He left the Week 4 win over the Eagles with the injury, and has been out since then.
Portis officially inactive
(10/17/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis will not play against the Colts in Week 6 due to his groin injury. The injury is said to keep him out for 4-6 weeks.
Portis questioning '10 return?
(10/12/2010) On his weekly radio show appearance, Redskins RB Clinton Portis had the following to say regarding his groin injury. "I have no doubt I'll recover from this injury," Portis said. "Hopefully it's in a Redskins uniform."
Portis on inactives list
(10/10/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis was on the inactives list for Week 5's game against the Packers. He is expected to be out for four to six weeks with a third degree separation of his groin muscle. Portis sustained the injury in Week 4 against Philadelphia.
Portis out up to six weeks
(10/6/2010) Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that RB Clinton Portis will miss four to six weeks with a third degree separation of his groin muscle. "It's a temporary setback. These things happen during the season," Shanahan said. Ryan Torain is expected to start in Portis' place.
Portis unlikely for Week 5
(10/5/2010) Redskins running back Clinton Portis doesn't think his injured groin will allow him to play in this week's game against the Packers. On his weekly Monday radio show appearance, Portis said that he's still awaiting the results of an MRI on his left groin, which he injured in Sunday's 17-12 win over Philadelphia. Portis said he doesn't think the team will let him attempt to play against the Packers; his groin is tender to the touch. He said he's going to take his time and make sure he's healed. Ryan Torain would start in place of Portis if he can't go.
Portis awaiting MRI results
(10/4/2010) Washington RB Clinton Portis, who left the Week 4 win over the Eagles with a groin issue, underwent an MRI on Monday. The Redskins don't yet know the results, coach Mike Shanahan said. Portis missed most of the second half after rushing 11 times for 55 yards and catching two passes for 26 more. Shanahan commended Portis for his effort Monday. "He was exceptional," the coach said. "He came back with a vengeance. He played hard, tough football and he made plays for us." Facing Green Bay Week 5, Portis has only played against the Packers twice in his career. Back in 2007, he rushed for 64 yards on 20 carries and he's never scored against them.
Portis leaves with groin injury
(10/3/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis left Week 4 against the Eagles with an injury to his groin. He limped off the field after a run and spent most of the third quarter being taken care of by team trainers. He was taken back to the locker room at the beginning of the fourth quarter and did not return in the 17-12 win. Portis rushed for 55 yards on 11 carries and caught two passes for 26 yards before leaving the game. Portis said he's not sure how severe his injury is and said he's day to day.
Portis active, No. 1 on depth chart
(10/3/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis was active for Week 4 against the Eagles and was listed as the No. 1 running back on the team's depth chart. The 29-year-old was on the injury report as questionable for Sunday with a wrist injury but was able to make the start. Portis has 140 yards rushing on 38 carries three games into the season with two rushing touchdowns.
Portis on injury report Week 4
(10/1/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (wrist) is listed as questionable for Week 4 at Philadelphia despite practicing in full all week. Backup RB Keiland Williams (ankle) is also questionable, so if neither player is available Sunday, then Ryan Torain will fill in for the Redskins.
Portis: I'm still feature back
(9/30/2010) Surely it was time for Clinton Portis to lodge a complaint. After all, the Redskins RB logged only one carry in the second half of last week's game, and he's got a history of lashing out when he thinks he's getting a raw deal. Not this time. "After those games, nothing changed," Portis said Thursday. "And I'm sure nothing's going to change after this game, so there's no need." Nevertheless, Portis said he doesn't have an answer for his light workload in the loss to the Rams on Sunday. Ryan Torain, who was promoted from the practice squad only a day earlier, ended up with the same number of carries as Portis (seven) in the 30-16 defeat. "I come to work, I clock in like you do," Portis said. "I'm motivated to do my job. It's up to them. If that put me on an assignment, I do that assignment. If they don't, there's nothing I can do. ... I consider myself the feature back, one of the best backs, and I'm going to always feel that way." The play that's been analyzed to the hilt is the 27-yard scamper when Portis went down in open field on purpose to prevent a would-be tackler from possibly stripping the ball. Coach Mike Shanahan said Portis' sore right wrist was a factor on that play. Portis says his wrist is fine, but he would hit the turf again if he had the play to do over. "I could have picked up 4 more yards," Portis said. "Four more yards, I don't think, is going to determine the outcome of the game."
Portis not upset at coach
(9/28/2010) Two days after getting benched on first and second downs in favor of the unproven Ryan Torain in the second half of a surprising 30-16 loss at St. Louis in Week 3, Redskins RB Clinton Portis didn't lash out at coach Mike Shanahan. Far from it reports The Sports Xchange. In fact, the Redskins' No. 1 running back for the last seven seasons was positively at peace when asked during his weekly radio appearance if he expects to start in an NFC East mathcup at Philadelphia in Week 4. "I have no idea, and I don't think it matters," said Portis, who carried seven times for 44 early yards against the Rams but was given the ball just once during the final three quarters. "I'm going forward and preparing, and if my number's called, I'm going to go out on the field and do what I can to help the team. If not, I'm going to cheer on my teammates and congratulate whoever it is, and if we're winning, I'm going to smile like everyone else."
Portis said hand a concern
(9/27/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis told coach Mike Shanahan his right hand was bothering him in Week 3 at St. Louis, which is why Portis hit the ground rather than go for couple of more yards Sunday on his 27-yard run. Shanahan said it's why Portis only had two carries in the second half. He finished the game with seven carries for 44 yards. He came into the game listed as questionable with a wrist injury.
Portis sees little Week 3 action
(9/26/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 44 yards rushing on seven carries in Week 3 against the Rams, but didn't see much time on the field during the second half. The veteran running back was seen on the bench wearing a baseball cap for much of the half as RB Ryan Torain took over the rushing workload, though the Redskins barely even called running plays. Head coach Mike Shanahan said after the game that was planned -- Portis would dominate first-half carries and Torain, who hasn't played in an NFL game since 2008 -- would take much of the second-half work. Torain led the team with 46 yards on the ground. Portis told The Washington Post Portis said he is healthy and will be ready whenever his number is called. Portis was targeted once, catching that pass for 14 yards. I cant question it, Portis said of Shanahan's game plan. When they called my number and told me to go in, I went into the game.
Portis active vs. Rams
(9/26/2010) Washington RB Clinton Portis was active for the team's Week 3 matchup with the St. Louis Rams. Portis has played the Rams four times in his career and rushed for a total of 378 yards in them. He's also scored four touchdowns.
Portis to be questionable
(9/24/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis is officially listed as questionable with a wrist injury for Week 3 at St. Louis. Portis has faced the Rams four times in his career and has thrived against them. He's totaled 378 yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns in those games.
(9/23/2010) Washington RB Clinton Portis has faced the St. Louis four times in his career and has thrived against them. He's totaled 378 yards on the ground and scored four touchdowns in those games. His best outing was back in 2005 when he carried the ball 27 times for 136 yards and two scores. While the Rams defense is younger and he is older, St. Louis defensive coordinator Ken Flajole believes the veteran is still a dangerous back with speed and power. Washington's problems running the ball may stem from them adjusting to a new zone-blocking scheme. "They're going to get better and better," Flajole said.
Portis practices in full
(9/22/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (wrist) practiced in full Wednesday as Washington began preparing for their Week 3 game at St. Louis. Portis hurt himself in Week 1.
Portis scored twice in Week 2
(9/20/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had a tough time finding running lanes in Week 2 against the Texans. Portis rushed for just 33 yards on 12 carries, but scored twice in the 30-27 loss to Houston. Portis had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs, including one in the third quarter that gave the Redskins a 20-7 lead. Portis did not record a reception on Sunday and was targeted just once.
Portis active for Week 2
(9/19/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis has been ruled active for Week 2 against the Texans. Portis landed on the injury report with a wrist injury, but practiced in full all week.
Portis questionable Week 2?
(9/17/2010) The Redskins released their injury report on Friday and listed starting RB Clinton Portis as questionable with a wrist injury. However, he practiced in full all week. QB Donovan McNabb was also listed as questionable despite practicing all week as well.
Portis has slight wrist issue
(9/15/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis landed on the injury report Wednesday for Week 2 with a wrist problem. He practiced in full though and should be fine for the game against Houston. Portis rushed for 63 yards in Week 1 against the Cowboys, but that came on 18 carries. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and was kept out of the end zone during the 13-7 win. The Texans allowed just 44 yards rushing in their Week 1 win over the Colts.
Portis looking for more running room
(9/14/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis will be looking for a little more running room heading into Week 2 against the Texans. Portis rushed for 63 yards in Week 1 against the Cowboys, but that came on 18 carries. He averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and was kept out of the end zone during the 13-7 win. The Texans allowed just 44 yards rushing in their Week 1 win over the Colts.
Portis handles most of the load
(9/13/2010) Reunited with coach Mike Shanahan, Redskins RB Clinton Portis didn't exactly have a throwback performance Week 1 against the Cowboys, but he did handle the vast majority of his team's carries. He ran 18 times for 63 yards. The rest of the Redskins' ball carriers ran a combined five times for 26 yards. Portis also caught a 1-yard pass.
Portis faces tough test Sunday
(9/8/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis, who has been dealing with a minor ankle injury, has been practicing this week and should be able to play Week 1 against the Cowboys -- a team that ranked fourth against the run last year, allowing 90.5 yards per game. Portis didn't get a chance to face the Cowboys during an injury-plagued 2009, but he hasn't had much success against them in his career, scoring just three touchdowns in nine games.
Portis healthy for Washington
(9/6/2010) Washington RB Clinton Portis, who didn't play in the final preseason game with a slight ankle issue but mainly sat out as did all the starters, was back at practice on Monday for the Redskins. He should be fine for the Week 1 game on Sunday night against the Cowboys.
Portis rested in finale
(9/3/2010) As expected, Redskins RB Clinton Portis (ankle) missed Thursday's preseason finale at the Cardinals. Portis had nine carries for 39 yards with a 5-yard catch in limited preseason reps.
Portis sidelined Monday
(8/30/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis rested his sprained ankle Monday and did not practice. Even if he was healthy he would not be expected to play in the team's final preseason game. Portis has nine carries for 39 yards with a 5-yard catch in limited preseason reps.
Portis' ankle might be a problem
(8/29/2010) Washington RB Clinton Portis remains day to day with his ankle injury suffered in the third preseason game against the Jets. Coach Mike Shanahan was non-committal concerning Portis' availability for the season opener against Dallas. "I dont know how bad it is," Shanahan said. "I dont think its very serious, but thats just guessing."
Portis suffers sprain vs. Jets
(8/27/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis suffered a sprained ankle in Friday's preseason game at the Jets, coach Mike Shanahan announced after the game. Shanahan did not know the extent of the injury. Portis is expected to undergo further tests.
Portis looks like Redskins' starter
(8/21/2010)Clinton Portis didn't start in the Redskins' preseason game vs. the Ravens on Saturday, but he probably will in the future. Portis watched Larry Johnson start and get eight carries, but only amass 4 yards. Portis, meanwhile, played on a limited basis and had 12 yards on two carries along with a 5-yard catch.
Shanahan doesn't commit to Portis
(8/19/2010) Redskins coach Mike Shanahan wouldn't commit Thursday to RB Clinton Portis being the starter for 2010. Portis is competing with Larry Johnson, Willie Parker and Ryan Torain for the No. 1 spot, but Portis has remained atop the depth chart for the entire training camp. He started the first preseason game against Buffalo and is expected to play in the second preseason game against the Ravens even with Johnson getting the start. Were done with one preseason game," Shanahan said. "We have a couple more left, and were going to give a lot of playing time to a lot of different positions. Its constantly an evaluation process at all positions. Were not going to stop at one. Obviously certain positions guys are more ahead than at other positions, guys that have proven themselves, guys that have had great years a year before and come into camp in great shape. Thats the nature of the camp, especially this camp with me, since I havent been with these guys in the past.
Portis won't start, will play vs. Ravens
(8/19/2010) The Redskins have announced that RB Larry Johnson will start in their preseason game vs. the Ravens on Aug. 21. Johnson didn't play in the team's first preseason contest after Clinton Portis started, though head coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday that Portis will play in the game. "Clinton will play in certain situations," Shanahan said. "He will get a chance to play. I dont want to go through all our substitution groups, but Clinton will play in the game."
Portis fine in preseason opener
(8/13/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis typically does not like to carry the ball much in the preseason. But he finished Friday's preseason opener against Buffalo with six carries for 22 yards. Portis was dealing with an injured groin during practice leading up to the game, but he appeared fine against the Bills. He was the starter and played the entire first quarter.
Portis back at practice
(8/11/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis returned to practice Wednesday after leaving practice early Tuesday with a groin injury. "He looks like he is in good shape and ready to go," coach Mike Shanahan said. He said Portis is likely to play in Friday's preseason opener against Buffalo. "We're going to see Clinton in a certain amount of plays not only in our base offense but also in our third down situations," Shanahan said.
Groin slows down Portis
(8/10/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis left practice early Tuesday after catching a pass down the left sideline. Head coach Mike Shanahan said Portis complained that his groin was tight and he was going to receive treatment. The injury is not believed to be serious and there's hope that Portis will practice again before the team's first preseason game Friday vs. Buffalo. Coach Mike Shanahan didn't seem too concerned. "I'm sure it's just sore," Shanahan said. "I don't think he pulled anything. He's getting treatment so hopefully there's no setback."
Shanahan says Portis 'looking good'
(8/2/2010) Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said RB Clinton Portis has done well in the early stages of training camp. "I've been very impressed with Clinton, how he's handled himself in the offseason," Shanahan said. "He's in excellent shape coming into this camp. He's very natural at running the ball. He picks things up very quickly. He's football smart. And he's physical. So he's done everything that I was hoping that he would do, and hopefully he just keeps on getting better and better as times goes on. I've been impressed with him." Shanahan said the biggest thing for Portis coming into this year was his conditioning compared to last season. "As I shared with you, I shared with Clinton that I thought he had to get his weight down, he had to be in football shape, and I really wasn't sure what type of shape he was in. I wasn't here a year ago, but I knew he was injured and like I said, he's in excellent shape. So, he's going to give himself a chance to have an excellent year." Shanahan said Portis is down from 233 pounds last year to 218 now. "He is looking good," Shanahan said.
Slimmer Portis making good impression
(7/15/2010) The Washington Post reports that Redskins RB Clinton Portis has slimmed down from 230 pounds to 218 thanks to some hard work in the team's offseason program. His effort has been noted by coach Mike Shanahan and others in the organization.
Redskins' rushers still TBD
(6/25/2010) Speaking with Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Washington Post reported that while Clinton Portis has the top spot on the running back depth chart heading into camp, no determination has been made over which running back will play. In fact, Shanahan seems careless as to who gets it so long as the Redskins can forge a strong run game. "We haven't even talked about Clinton being the first. I just said that because I assume he is," Shanahan said. "It really doesn't matter. Whoever is best for that defense that week. There's no two or three. There's really no four or five."
Portis excited about 2010
(6/17/2010) The Washington Post reports that Redskins RB Clinton Portis said in an interview with a local TV station that he's excited about this season. "I've never been a 'me' guy," Portis said. "You all have been around me long enough to know what I'm about. ... Of course, I'm going to stand for what I believe in. I'll take up for myself. If that makes me a 'me' guy, then I guess I was a 'me' guy." Portis said he has been working hard this offseason to get ready. "This year I'm practicing, this year I feel great, this year I got a good feeling about our team," Portis said. "I think buying into the system, buying into the organization, knowing my role. Having Donovan (McNabb), I mean, that's really gonna take a lot of pressure off, because everybody is so worried about where Donovan is in his career. So having Donovan, having guys who are coming in and wanting to prove (themselves), and then having young guys such as Fred Davis who eager and who on fire right now, having those guys around, it take the pressure off of me."
Portis named starter heading into camp
(6/2/2010) The Washington Post reports that Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the son of head coach Mike Shanahan, said Wednesday that RB Clinton Portis is the starter heading into training camp. Portis is competing for the starting spot with Larry Johnson and Willie Parker.
(6/1/2010) The official team website for the Redskins reports that the first order of running backs at Tuesday's OTA workouts was Larry Johnson, Clinton Portis, Ryan Torain and Willie Parker. The second order was Portis, Johnson and then Parker. As the site reports, it's tough to take too much away from a lot of this during these workouts.
Shanahan: Portis working hard
(4/19/2010) Washington coach Mike Shanahan said Sunday that he's satisfied with RB Clinton Portis and his work ethic so far. "Clinton has worked very hard," Shanahan said. "He's done everything I have asked him to do. I don't believe he has missed an offseason workout except the one time he had to get checked out for his concussion. He's working extremely hard. He had three excellent days in the minicamp. We've got some competition. We've got a lot of guys working extremely hard. I think our conditioning staff is doing a great job getting these guys ready for our OTAs and players have done everything I have asked them to do."
Portis OK'd for minicamp
(4/17/2010) Redskins RB Clinton Portis can participate in minicamp after missing the second half of last season because of a concussion. Redskins GM Bruce Allen said Saturday, the second day of the minicamp, that the Redskins had "some of the best medical experts across the country" analyze Portis, who was hurt in a helmet-to-helmet hit during a game on Nov. 8 and struggled with vision problems and dizziness afterward. "He's been cleared for practice," Allen said.
More competition in front of Portis
(4/2/2010) The Redskins signed RB Willie Parker to a one-year deal, throwing another veteran running back in the mix for playing time in Washington. New head coach Mike Shanahan has said he envisions competition at every position and has followed through with that thanks to the additions of Parker and fellow vet Larry Johnson.
Portis, Johnson to compete for job
(3/25/2010) The NFL Network reports that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said at the NFL owner's meeting in Orlando, FL that there will be competition at RB for Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson. "I know what (Portis) has done," Shanahan said. "When he was with Denver, 1,500 yards a couple of years in a row, right at six yards per carry. I've watched Larry Johnson from afar -- we know what types of years he's had. Competition again, two guys who have done it. Proven players. Hopefully they can do it again for us."
Portis has company in backfield
(3/12/2010) The Redskins announced Friday that they have signed RB Larry Johnson, who finished the 2009 season with the Bengals after being released by the Chiefs. In eight NFL seasons, Johnson has played in 82 career games with 55 starts. The two-time Pro Bowler has totaled 6,219 career rushing yards and 55 touchdowns on 1,421 carries (4.4 avg.) and 154 career receptions for 1,373 yards (8.9 avg.) and six touchdowns. "We are excited to bring in a running back that has had so much success in this league," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "Larry is a physical runner who will be a great addition to our backfield." Johnson is expected to be the No. 2 RB in Washington behind starter Clinton Portis.
Shanahan confident in Portis
(2/26/2010) New Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said in an interviw with Sirius NFL Radio that he plans to rely on RB Clinton Portis this season. "He's our running back," Shanahan said. Portis played only eight games last year due to a concussion and had a career-low 494 yards. But Shanahan is confident Portis can get the job done this year. "I don't go back to what happened the last couple years or listen to differences of opinion. I just know what Clinton did for me," Shanahan said. "I expect him to be in great shape and do everything he can to be the best player. If he does that, I know what type of ability he has. Hopefully, he can help us win."
Portis isn't thinking retirement
(12/15/2009)Clinton Portis is confident he will return from the concussion that ended his season early. The Washington Redskins running back appeared at a charity event Tuesday and was asked about remarks he made last week, when he sounded as if he could be contemplating the end of his career. Portis replied: "I don't think for one second this could be career ending."
Redskins place Portis on IR
(12/8/2009) The Redskins have placed RB Clinton Portis on injured reserve, ending his 2009 season. Portis suffered a concussion in Week 9 and wasn't able to return. "We felt at this juncture in the season, it was best to place Clinton on injured reserve," Redskins Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato said in a statement. "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." Rock Cartwright is expected to continue his work as the primary running back for the Redskins.
Portis could be done for season
(12/7/2009) The Washington Times reports Redskins RB Clinton Portis, who missed his fourth game in a row Sunday against New Orleans with a concussion, is in Pittsburgh again with a trainer for more concussion-related tests Monday and Tuesday. He is scheduled to return Tuesday night. At that point, the Redskins will make a decision on his availability or possible placement on the injured reserve list. "We want to make sure we do the right thing for the team and for Clinton," coach Jim Zorn said.
(12/4/2009) Redskins running back Clinton Portis continues to show symptoms from a concussion and will return to a specialist in Pittsburgh on Monday and Tuesday to evaluate his progress. Portis was hurt Nov. 8 against Atlanta and will miss his fourth straight game Sunday when the Redskins host New Orleans. Coach Jim Zorn said Friday that Portis "still has a little dizziness" when performing certain tasks.
Zorn: Portis out Week 13
(11/30/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis has already been ruled out for Week 13 vs. the Saints. Head coach Jim Zorn said Portis is getting examined Monday and might begin to practice this week. Zorn added that he expects Portis to play again this season. Rock Cartwright is expected to start vs. the Saints.
(11/25/2009) As expected, the Redskins have ruled RB Clinton Portis out for Week 12 at Philadelphia. He has already missed two games with a concussion and might have to sit out Week 13 against the Saints as well.
Redskins RB woes mount
(11/23/2009) The Redskins' running back situation continues to get worse. Head coach Jim Zorn said Monday that RB Ladell Betts is out for the season with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, and he also said that concussed RB Clinton Portis will miss Week 12 at Philadelphia and possibly even Week 13 vs. New Orleans as he progressively improves from a hit to the head in Week 9 at Atlanta. Rock Cartwright and Quinton Ganther are expected to shoulder much of the rushing workload for the team's next game at Philadelphia; Cartwright totaled 140 yards on 20 touches in Week 11 while Ganther had 6 yards on three carries. Ex-Redskins running back Marcus Mason might also re-sign.
(11/20/2009) Redskins running back Clinton Portis was at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Friday to have his concussion evaluated. Portis saw the same doctors who examined Eagles back Brian Westbrook, who has suffered two concussions in the last month. Portis was hurt two weeks ago against Atlanta, did not play last week against Denver and has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Dallas. "We're going to make sure we take care of all the details. We're for Clinton getting well," coach Jim Zorn said. "Each day Clinton's done a great job of communicating how he's felt, and that's what it's going to take. I want to be involved with those conversations, not so much to see 'how fast can we get him back,' but just to make sure the young man is improving and getting better."
Portis ruled out for Week 11
(11/19/2009) According to the Redskins official Twitter page, RB Clinton Portis (concussion) will not play Sunday at Dallas. The report says Portis still has some "blurriness" from the concussion, according to coach Jim Zorn. Portis missed Week 10 against Denver after sustaining the concussion in Week 9 against Atlanta.
Portis 'very doubtful' for Week 11
(11/18/2009) Redskins coach Jim Zorn said Wednesday that running back Clinton Portis is "very doubtful" for the Dallas game Week 11 because of a lingering concussion. Portis is still experiencing blurry vision, according to the coach, and needs to be symptom-free for 24 hours and then get medical clearance and go through a practice before playing. Since his injury, Portis' only public comments have come on his weekly radio appearance. He said he'll be more than happy to share the load with Ladell Betts in the future, especially if it's helping the team win. "But as far as me losing my starting position," Portis added, "I doubt that."
Concussion lingering with Portis
(11/16/2009)Clinton Portis is still experiencing "a little blurriness" from his concussion, making it uncertain whether the Redskins running back will play next week against Dallas. When Portis does come back, he'll regain his starting job even though the Redskins had their best rushing day of the season without him. Coach Jim Zorn said Monday that Portis is improving but continues to feels the effects of a helmet-to-helmet hit against Atlanta in Week 9. Zorn said he'll be cautious with Portis and will need to see a full practice from the two-time Pro Bowl running back before deciding to play him. Still, Zorn said Portis remains the No. 1 back in spite of Ladell Betts' big game in the Redskins' win over the Broncos in Week 10. "I don't want a guy to have to lose his job because he got a concussion," Zorn said. "He's our running back. Who knows what kind of game he might have had?"
Portis out, Betts starting
(11/15/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis (concussion) is inactive for Week 10 against Denver, as expected. Coach Jim Zorn said Portis was home on "doctor's orders." Portis' backup, Ladell Betts, is nursing a sprained ankle but is going to start the game.
(11/12/2009) Washington Redskins RB Clinton Portis has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos. Portis sustained a concussion in last week's loss to Atlanta and was not at the Redskins practice facility Thursday. Coach Jim Zorn said Portis was home on "doctor's orders." Portis' backup, Ladell Betts, is nursing a sprained ankle but is expected to play.
Portis is 'very, very doubtful'
(11/11/2009) Redskins coach Jim Zorn says running back Clinton Portis is "very, very doubtful" to play against the Denver Broncos on Sunday because of a concussion. Portis was knocked out of last weekend's 31-17 loss to the Falcons after getting just four carries. Zorn met with Washington's leading rusher at the team's practice facility Wednesday and said Portis "needs to get rest." He said Portis went to see a doctor for tests; it is expected that he'll have to pass a number of exams before being cleared to play again.
(11/9/2009) Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said Monday that RB Clinton Portis still has lingering effects from the concussion he suffered against the Falcons in Week 9. Portis apparently doesn't remember the play he got hurt on. "I'd say he's doubtful for this week," Zorn said. "That's just my opinion."
Portis was 'knocked out'
(11/9/2009) The Washington Post reports Redskins RB Clinton Portis, who left Sunday's game at Atlanta with a concussion, was "knocked out," according to coach Jim Zorn. 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, leaving his status for Week 10 against Denver in question.
Portis leaves with head injury Week 9
(11/8/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis sustained a head injury early in the 1st quarter against the Falcons during their Week 9 game and could not return to action. Team doctors were checking to see if he had a concussion.
Portis facing Falcons for first time
(11/5/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis will face the Falcons for the first time in his career when Washington visits Atlanta in Week 9. The Falcons rank 23rd vs. the run this season, allowing 4.5 yards per carry.
Portis struggles in Washington loss
(10/27/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis was limited on Monday night at home against the Eagles due to the Redskins playing from behind almost immediately in the eventual loss. Portis finished with just 14 rush attempts for 43 yards and lacked zip and explosiveness. He did not catch a pass.
Portis active on Monday night
(10/26/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis (ankle) is active and starting on Monday night at home against the NFC East rival Eagles. He has been limited in practice this week but is a full go for MNF.
Portis back to practicing Sat.
(10/24/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis (ankle) was able to go through limited practice on Saturday in preparation for Monday night against the Eagles. Portis had been missing practice this week and was finally able to go on Saturday. Coach Jim Zorn said Portis will play.
Portis deals with plantar fasciitis
(10/22/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis sat out practice Wednesday because of leg problems, reports the Washington Post. He also missed practice Thursday and Friday and will be listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Eagles. "It's really one leg," he said. "It's just my right leg. I've got plantar fasciitis, an ankle, the inside of my MCL, and a calf all on my right leg. So if I can get a new lower leg, I'll be fine."
Portis has best game of 2009
(10/18/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis left the Week 6 game against Kansas City just before halftime with an ankle injury, the same ailment that has been bothering him for weeks. He returned one series after halftime and went on to have his best game since last year. Portis rushed 15 times for 109 yards, the first time since Nov. 23 last season that he topped 100 yards. He also ran for 78 yards on one carry and that is his career high for a single rush. Portis also caught three passes for 15 yards. Portis lost a fumble in the game.
Portis ready for Chiefs
(10/18/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis (calf) is active and starting Week 6 against the Chiefs.
Portis facing familiar Chiefs
(10/14/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis has yet to rush for 100 yards in a game this season. Week 6 at home against Kansas City is his best chance yet. Portis has 891 scrimmage yards and averages 178.2 yards per game with 11 touchdowns in five games against the Chiefs in his career. It was against Kansas City that Portis rushed for a career-high five touchdowns and 218 yards in 2003 with Denver. Portis is dealing with a calf injury but is considered probable for the game.
Portis finds end zone twice
(10/11/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis had his best game of the season in Week 5 during a loss to the previously winless Carolina Panthers. Portis started the game off by catching a 10-yard TD pass from Jason Campbell following a fumble by the Panthers on their first possession in the 1st quarter. He finished with two catches for 17 yards. Portis also scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a 1-yard run in the 3rd quarter. He finished with 57 yards on 19 carries.
Portis not on injury report
(10/7/2009) Good news for Fantasy owners: Redskins RB Clinton Portis was not listed on the injury report Wednesday and practiced in full. He had been dealing with ankle and calf injuries, but he has not missed game time. In fact, Portis is feeling good heading into Week 5 at Carolina. "I feel better today than I did this time last week," Portis said Wednesday.
Portis manages 98 yards vs. Bucs
(10/4/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis ran on two bad ankles and an injured calf muscle in a win over Tampa Bay in Week 4. Portis still managed to rush for 98 yards on 25 carries. He did not score or catch a pass.
Portis officially active for Week 4
(10/4/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis is active and will start in Week 4 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is playing on a sore calf and two bad ankles, however.
Redskins say Portis will play
(10/4/2009) The Redskins are saying that RB Clinton Portis (bone spurs in both ankles) will play in Week 4.
Zorn: Portis '50-50' to play
(10/2/2009) Updating a previous report, Redskins RB Clinton Portis did not participate in practice Friday, making it three straight days without work, and is listed as questionable for Sunday vs. the Buccaneers. Ladell Betts and Marcus Mason split first-team reps all week in Portis' place. The starting running back for the Redskins is dealing with ankle injuries. "He's just questionable. That's all. Fifty-fifty," Zorn said after practice. "My struggle is if I put him out there, am I just going to do this over and over again? And I do need to get him well. That's my dilemma. I'm leaning toward playing him because he's a force and he loves to play and he gets himself ready to play."
Portis practices on Friday
(10/2/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis was in pads Friday working with the rest of the team and participated in practice. At this point he's expected to play against the Bucs in Week 4. Portis has been battling ankle spurs.
Portis 'coming along,' misses practice
(10/1/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (ankles) missed practice again Thursday, the second day in a row he's been out. Coach Jim Zorn said Portis is "coming along."
Portis rests on Wednesday
(9/30/2009) As he did last week, Redskins RB Clinton Portis did not practice on Wednesday as the team begins preparations for Week 4 against the Bucs. Portis hurt his calf in Week 3 at Detroit, limiting his carries, and also has been dealing with ankle spurs. "I've been dealing with the spurs for two years," Portis said. "It was just in the last few weeks they got irritated and sore."
Portis injured against Lions
(9/28/2009) The Washington Post reports Redskins RB Clinton Portis injured his calf in the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Lions. Coach Jim Zorn said Portis was unavailable for the final two drives of the game. Zorn said Portis "got kicked in the calf. He's doing very well." But Portis gained only 42 yards on 12 carries against the Lions. After gaining 1,487 yards a year ago, Portis has just 183 yards on 47 attempts in three games this year. "I thought he ran the ball very hard," Zorn said Monday. "I thought Clinton did a really nice job yesterday of helping us in protection schemes as well. I think he had a good game. Now, we only got him a few touches in the first half, but we started to put things together in the second."
Portis struggles in loss to Lions
(9/27/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis, who was questionable for Week 3's game against the Lions with sore ankles, was limited in the game, a loss by the Redskins. Portis carried 12 times for 42 yards as the Redskins played from behind for most of the game. He also caught one pass for 6 yards.
Portis healthy for Week 3's game
(9/27/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis is active and starting Week 3 at Detroit.
Portis expected to be active
(9/27/2009) ESPN reports Washington RB Clinton Portis is expected to be active for Week 3 at Detroit.
Zorn thinks Portis will be OK
(9/25/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis sat out practice Friday because of sore ankles, an injury head coach Jim Zorn tabbed as "legit." Portis is listed as questionable for Week 3 at Detroit but Zorn appears confident that Portis will play. "I expect Clinton to be out there ripping around," Zorn said, later adding, "[h]e has a couple little spurs that are irritating him. No swelling, it's just hard for him. He needs to rest them. That is basically what that is."
(9/24/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis was again limited in practice Thursday with an ankle injury. This is the second day in a row Portis has been limited with the injury. Portis was not injured in Week 2 against St. Louis, but he was limited to 79 yards on 19 carries. He plays the Lions this week, and he ran for 127 yards against them in a meeting last season.
Portis limited at practice
(9/23/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis spoke candidly with the media Wednesday about the state of the team's offense, but he didn't do as much practicing as he did talking. Portis was listed as a limited participant in practice with an ankle injury. He also responded to a question asking if head coach Jim Zorn was on the hot seat by saying the whole Redskins team is on the hot seat. "We're getting booed coming off the field, so I think everybody in this organization on the hot seat," Portis said as per the Washington Post. "You know, I think you look at the owner, he on the verge of losing fans. You know, how long before people just give up and stop coming? You look at the players, and people want you out of here. You look at the coach, people want you out of here. So who's not on the hot seat? Until we come out and play to our potential, I think everybody on the hot seat."
Portis to bust out vs. Lions again?
(9/23/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis takes on the Lions in Week 3, a team he ran for 127 yards against last season. Portis is currently 14th in the league with 141 rushing yards, while the Lions are 22nd against the run.
Portis rushes for 79 yards
(9/20/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis rushed for 79 yards on 19 carries in Week 2's win over the Rams. He had a long carry of 12 yards. Portis caught two passes for 9 yards and also threw a pass near the goal line. His pass, intended for Chris Cooley, fell incomplete.
Portis facing weak Rams defense
(9/18/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis will face a non-division opponent in Week 2 against St. Louis. The Rams allowed the sixth most net rushing yards in Week 1 against the Seahawks, giving up 167 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Portis facing weak Rams defense
(9/18/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis will face a non-division opponent in Week 2 against St. Louis. The Rams allowed the sixth most net rushing yards in Week 1 against the Seahawks, giving up 167 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
Portis does nothing special Sunday
(9/13/2009) In a game where the entire offense struggled, Redskins RB Clinton Portis gained 62 yards on 16 carries in the season opener at the Giants. He also had a 10 yard reception. Only three times last year did Portis run for as little as 62 yards.
Portis ready for Giants
(9/10/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis falls in line with players to start with caution in Week 1 at the Giants. He struggled in two games last year against the Giants with 23 carries for 84 yards in the first matchup and 11 carries for 22 yards in the second meeting. That comes out to 3.2 yards per carry with no touchdowns, and you know the Giants will focus on stopping Portis again, especially with Washington's revamped offensive line. We'll also see how much rest Portis gets with coach Jim Zorn saying Ladell Betts will play in passing situations.
Portis back at practice
(9/8/2009) The Washington Times reports Redskins RB Clinton Portis, who missed the preseason finale against Jacksonville with a rib injury, was back at practice Monday and should be fine for Week 1 at the Giants.
Portis sits out on Thursday
(9/3/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis sat out of Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars because of a rib injury that is not considered to be serious. He should be ready to go for the start of the regular season.
Portis won't play Thursday
(8/30/2009) Redskins RB Clinton Portis on his rib injury that kept him out of practice: "It's nothing serious. I hurt it on the first play of the game (New England). I'll be all right." Redskins coach Jim Zorn said Sunday that Portis will not play Thursday against Jacksonville.
Portis has rib issue
(8/29/2009) Like teammate Marcus Mason, RB Clinton Portis has a bruised rib following his preseason outing vs. the Patriots. The injury is not considered serious and he should be OK for the start of the regular season.
Portis does little in preseason game
(8/29/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis had a rough day at the office in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots. He carried the ball six times for a grand total of eight yards, failing to catch a pass in the game. He had five carries for 26 yards in his previous preseason game.
Portis active for preseason game
(8/22/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis was able to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Steelers. He had five carries in the game for 26 yards, with a long of 11. He was considered questionable for the game with an undisclosed injury.
Will Portis lose carries?
(8/20/2009) Redskins coach Jim Zorn said Thursday he expects to use RB Ladell Betts quite a bit this season to give Clinton Portis some rest. "I know that I need to be very conscientious about how much I use Clinton because I have to have Clinton the whole year," Zorn said. "Ladell is a very capable running back that could start in situations around this league, and we look forward to having him accent what we are doing on offense."
Portis sits out of preseason game
(8/13/2009) Washington RB Clinton Portis sat out of Thursday's exhibition game against the Ravens as expected with an undisclosed injury. He is considered questionable for the team's next preseason game against the Steelers.
Portis doubtful for preseason debut
(8/11/2009) Redskins coach Jim Zorn all but ruled out RB Clinton Portis for the team's first preseason game at Baltimore on Thursday. "Clinton will be doubtful for the first game for sure," Zorn said. "He will play this preseason though. The thing about him is that he'll be ready to go. If I put him in he'll go in. He'll give you his best effort. I'm not concerned about how much he plays or doesn't play, especially in this first game."
Zorn, Portis on same page
(7/31/2009) Redskins coach Jim Zorn said he isn't sure how much RB Clinton Portis will be used during training camp and preseason games. "He is going to practice, that is just part of it," Zorn said. "We've talked about preseason already. There will be a couple more of those conversations about the exact details of it and stuff like that. I think we are pretty much on the same page now." Zorn said his relationship with Portis is fine. "I think our relationship has grown," Zorn said. "He didn't know me when I first came in here and I didn't know him. I think based on what he did in the OTAs, minicamp and stuff like that, he worked really hard, he really did. I was very impressed on what he did. Today he came out here and worked. I think we have a very good relationship but that is because we have communicated. Even all the stuff about us having an incident, that is just us trying to communicate, trying to be up front with each other and knowing how each other feels. I'm trying to anticipate some of those issues before they even rise up."
Betts will be more of a factor
(6/24/2009) The Washington Post reports Redskins RB Clinton Portis could be losing some carries to Ladell Betts this season. The report states: "There may very well be more room for Betts to make an impact this season. At the very least, Betts is expected to get more carries as the team looks to lessen the strain on Portis and keep the workhorse healthy. That was the plan last season before Betts's injuries kept him from factoring in heavily, so don't be surprised if he is much more involved in 2009."
Portis, Zorn on good terms
(6/22/2009) The Washington Times reports Redskins RB Clinton Portis said he and coach Jim Zorn are just fine. "How this story came about, I have no idea," Portis said. "There's nothing going on. There's no beef between me and coach Zorn. We're on good terms at this present moment. There's no problem." Portis, who attended many of the OTA workouts that finished June 11, had a well-publicized spat with Zorn after the coach benched the slumping RB at halftime of the Dec. 7 loss at Baltimore. But Portis said that flareup was "a long time ago" and no problems exist. "I don't know why people have that in their mind," Portis said. "Me and coach [Joe] Gibbs had a great relationship. We talked more than me and coach Zorn do, but lately me and coach Zorn been talking, trying to get on the same page. Things been going good. He understand me and I understand him."
Portis has final vent on radio
(1/9/2009) Appearing on WTEM-AM in Washington for the last time this season, Redskins RB Clinton Portis spoke about the team's failures down the stretch along with his own inability to finish the 2008 season strong. Portis did a good job of not completely calling out the play calling, but after mentioning how the key players in the offense did better when the club ran the ball more often, it's clear that he has some issues with head coach (and play caller) Jim Zorn. "I think it's gonna have to be a give and take relationship," he said of his status with coach Zorn. "You know, it can't be a dictatorship. ... You can't rule with an iron fist. I'm gonna come out and give you everything that' I've got and I'm sure he's gonna go out and give everything he's got. I think the point is just learning your personnel, learning what you've got. You know, you can't listen to the outside world or get involved in what the outside world thinks."
Portis scores in Week 17 loss
(12/28/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis finished his finest season since 2005 with 80 rushing yards on 29 carries and a touchdown against the 49ers in Week 17's loss. Portis scored on a four-yard TD run in the 2nd quarter. He also fumbled in the game.
Portis gets long awaited touchdown
(12/21/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis scored his first touchdown in eight weeks in Week 16's win over the Philadelphia Eagles. Portis rushed for 70 yards on 22 carries against a tough Eagles defense and scored in the 3rd quarter on a 1-yard run in the game that ended 10-3. Portis also caught one pass for 11 yards.
Portis starting for Redskins
(12/21/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis (back) is active and starting in Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles. Portis missed practice Friday with a muscle spasm in his back but his status was never really in doubt for the game.
Portis 'working out the kinks'
(12/19/2008) Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis missed practice Friday with a muscle spasm in his back and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Coach Jim Zorn said he expects Portis to play. "He's working out the kinks," Zorn said. "It would have to be pretty severe for him to stay out."
(12/18/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 29 carries for 145 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles earlier this year, but that game seems like a decade ago with what Portis has been through. He hurt his knee since then and has dealt with injuries along the offensive line. It got so bad that Portis was limited to 25 carries for 77 yards against the lowly Bengals last week. Portis is officially listed as questionable for Week 16 against Philadelphia.
Portis limited after making stink
(12/14/2008) Doesn't take a genius to figure out the Washington Redskins are in a mess of trouble. The Redskins lost for the fifth time in six games Sunday, unable to keep up with one of the NFL's lowliest teams. The Bengals beat Washington, 20-13. The main intrigue was how the Redskins would react to injuries that decimated their offensive line and grumbling by running back Clinton Portis that rippled through the locker room. They held a players-only meeting at midweek after Portis derisively called coach Jim Zorn a "genius" for benching him the previous week. An offensive line missing both tackles with injuries couldn't open holes for Portis, who found little room to run and finished with 77 yards and a dropped pass late in the game. Portis also caught one pass for six yards.
Portis back to not practicing
(12/11/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis did not practice on Thursday after not even being listed on the injury practice report Wednesday as the Redskins prepare for Week 15 at Cincinnati.
Portis, Zorn clear the air
(12/10/2008)Clinton Portis and coach Jim Zorn held a 10-minute meeting early Wednesday to discuss Portis' blistering comments made during a radio interview Tuesday. Miffed over his lack of playing time in last week's 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, Portis used his radio airtime on WTEM-AM to accuse Zorn of sending mixed messages. He also sarcastically called Zorn a "genius," spoke of the possibility of severing ties with the organization and said of the coaching staff: "I don't think they know what they want me to do." The searing words threatened to become Zorn's first major locker-room crisis heading into Sunday's must-win game against the Bengals. It appears the two have mended fences and will work in harmony going forward.
Portis blasts head coach on radio
(12/9/2008) Appearing on WTEM-AM in Washington on Tuesday, Redskins RB Clinton Portis sarcastically referred to head coach Jim Zorn as a "genius" and questioned his role on the team while assuring everyone that he's healthy. "I don't know where it went wrong, all I know is it's going wrong," Portis said of the Redskins' season, according to the Washington Post. "Maybe I'm the problem since I don't practice, since I'm the only person that don't practice and come out and play and try to give it what I've got, maybe I'm the problem. So I might need to be on IR." Portis wasn't used much in the second half of his Week 14 matchup at Baltimore and claims he was benched. Zorn has said otherwise, understanding why Portis feels the way he does, adding "I'm looking forward to having him out there on every snap, practicing [and] getting ready for the Cincinnati Bengals so we can use him as our every down back."
Portis not hurt, but O-line is
(12/8/2008) Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels is out for the season with a torn right triceps, right tackle Jon Jansen will undergo an MRI on his left knee Monday and replacement tackle Justin Geisinger, who was on the roster as a backup center, will also have an MRI on a knee that got hurt. All three left the Redskins' Week 14 loss at the Ravens, as did RB Clinton Portis, though he claims he was benched and not pulled due to injury. Portis had 11 carries but totaled just 32 yards with them, adding another 14 yards through three catches with a fumble lost. He was pulled from the game early in the third quarter, perhaps to save him for the rest of the season, but there were conflicting reasons why. The Washington Post reports that Portis believed he was benched while coach Jim Zorn let his running backs coach determine who would play and at what pace. Ladell Betts handled the rushing workload in the second half.
Portis benched in loss?
(12/8/2008) In the Redskins' 24-10 loss at the Ravens in Week 14, RB Clinton Portis found yardage very hard to come by thanks to a staggering effort by the Baltimore defense. Portis had 11 carries but totaled just 32 yards with them, adding another 14 yards through three catches with a fumble lost. He was pulled from the game early in the third quarter, perhaps to save him for the rest of the season, but there were conflicting reasons why. The Washington Post reports that Portis believed he was benched while coach Jim Zorn let his running backs coach determine who would play and at what pace. Ladell Betts handled the rushing workload in the second half.
Portis starting at Baltimore
(12/7/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis will start Sunday night at Baltimore. Portis was questionable with knee and neck injuries, but he is active and will play.
Report: Portis to play Sunday
(12/7/2008) The NFL Network reports that Redskins RB Clinton Portis, after going through the past two days of practice, will play Sunday night against Baltimore. Portis was questionable with knee and neck injuries.
Portis expected to face Ravens
(12/5/2008) Redskins running back Clinton Portis took part in some of Friday's practice despite his multiple injuries and is expected to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. Portis jammed his neck in last week's loss to the New York Giants, adding to the sprained knee and pulled rib cage muscle that have kept him sore. Despite rarely practicing in recent weeks, Portis has yet to miss a game this season and is second in the NFL with 1,228 yards rushing. Portis did not take part in the full practice, but he was able to do more than he did on Wednesday or Thursday. "I saw Clinton out there running," coach Jim Zorn said, "so I expect him to play."
Portis still banged up
(12/4/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (knee, hip, neck) watched practice for the second straight day Thursday, reports the Washington Post. Portis has neck soreness after being injured against the Giants last week. He will be questionable for Week 14 at Baltimore. "He's still trying to loosen up his stiff neck," Coach Jim Zorn said. "I think we've talked about it for the same way the last three weeks. And each week, he seems to start getting a little bit better, but he did take a pretty good bash in the head. It really did stiffen up his neck like a whiplash."
Portis doesn't practice
(12/3/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis dd not practice once again on Wednesday with knee and back injuries. According to the Washington Times, At some point and I dont know if its this game, I just have to say, Hey, lets shut this thing down. Lets give him a week [off] so he can actually practice, Head Coach Jim Zorn said. But I cant do that right now. The problem is that every one of these games keep building and building. That third quarter [of the season] we lost to three awesome football teams. Last week, Portis was held to 22 rushing yards in a 23-7 loss to the Giants, his worst performance of the season. In the game, he had to take several plays off just to make it through.
Portis suffers worst game thus far
(11/30/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis was held to 22 yards rushing and the Giants dominated the Redskins 23-7 in Week 13. Portis was forced to leave the game numerous times as he was hobbled by his oblique issues. He never left the game for good, but needed to take several plays off throughout. Portis also caught one pass for 15 yards.
Portis starting vs. Giants
(11/30/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis is active and starting against the Giants at home in Week 13.
Portis expected to start vs. Giants
(11/30/2008) ESPN reports that Redskins RB Clinton Portis, who was limited in practice this week with knee and oblique problems, will start vs. the Giants in Week 13.
Portis is '50-50' for Week 13
(11/28/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis is listed as questionable for Week 13 vs. N.Y. Giants because of knee and oblique injuries. Portis told NFL.com Friday that he is "50-50" in terms of playing Sunday. He has been battling the knee injury for a few weeks, but hasn't missed a game. Portis even had 143 rushing yards last week against Seattle. "There's a chance he'll be there, but he's questionable," coach Jim Zorn said.
Portis rests again Thursday
(11/27/2008) Running back Clinton Portis again was a spectator at practice on Wednesday and Thursday because of his sore knee, which had sidelined him from practice for two weeks but hasn't kept him out of a game. Portis also pulled a muscle in his ribs against the Seahawks in Week 12, but the knee remains the bigger concern. "I think he's a little bit better overall," coach Jim Zorn said Wednesday.
Portis sits with knee, ribs issues
(11/26/2008) Running back Clinton Portis again was a spectator at practice on Wednesday because of his sore knee, which had sidelined him from practice for two weeks but hasn't kept him out of a game. Portis also pulled a muscle in his ribs against the Seahawks in Week 12, but the knee remains the bigger concern. "I think he's a little bit better overall," coach Jim Zorn said.
Portis totals 143 rushing yards
(11/23/2008) The only thing questionable about Clinton Portis is why he even bothers to practice. Washington's star running back darted and pounded for 143 yards on 29 carries, including key ones late that helped preserve the Redskins' first victory in almost a month, 20-17 over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Portis was questionable to play after missing most of practice this week because of his sprained knee. Then, the NFL's leader in yards from scrimmage injured a muscle near his hip late in the first half, when he rushed for 69 of his yards. Yet he kept running, finishing with his first 100-yard day since the Redskins' last win, on Oct. 26 at Detroit, and ending a two-game losing streak for Washington (7-4). The Redskins were pinned by a downed punt at their own 4 with seven minutes left while leading 20-17. Portis then ripped off darting runs of nine, 11 and 20 yards, leading Washington into Seahawks territory and all but clinching the win. Portis added two catches for 16 more yards.
Portis starting at Seattle
(11/23/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis (knee) is active and starting in Seattle in Week 12 for the Redskins. Portis was a game-time decision last week vs. Dallas and played, but didn't run well, totaling 68 yards on 15 carries.
Report: Portis to face Seahawks
(11/23/2008) NFL Network reports that Redskins RB Clinton Portis, considered a game-time decision heading into his Week 12 game at Seattle, will play in the game. Portis was a game-time decision last week vs. Dallas and played, but didn't run well, totaling 68 yards on 15 carries.
Portis again is game-time call
(11/21/2008) Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis was limited in practice Friday with his sprained knee and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks. Coach Jim Zorn said Portis will be a game-time decision, although Portis has given every indication that he will play. He ran for 68 yards on 15 carries in last week's game against the Dallas Cowboys despite not practicing at all. "Clinton is game-time because he's really not full speed," Zorn said.
Portis doesn't practice Thursday
(11/20/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis missed practice because of a sprained knee Thursday as the team prepares for Week 12 at Seattle. He missed practice all last week but ended up playing against the Cowboys.
Portis plays, totals 74 yards
(11/17/2008) In the Redskins' 14-10 loss vs. the Cowboys in Week 11, RB Clinton Portis was active and did start after not practicing all week with a knee ligament sprain. However, it showed as Portis wasn't very effective save for one 20-yard carry. Portis ended with 68 rush yards on 15 carries with two catches for 6 yards.
Portis active, starting
(11/16/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis is active and starting according to the team for Sunday's game against Dallas. He will play despite the knee injury, but coach Jim Zorn said he will be limited.
(11/16/2008) The NFL Network is reporting Sunday that Redskins RB Clinton Portis, who is listed as questionable with a knee injury, will test his knee in pre-game warmups and decide then whether he can play against Dallas. If Portis can't go, Ladell Betts will start at running back with Shaun Alexander also getting carries.
Portis might play in 'limited fashion'
(11/14/2008) Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis did not practice again Friday and will be used only "in a limited fashion" if he is able to play Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL's second-leading rusher was able to watch practice -- unlike Wednesday and Thursday, when his sprained left knee kept him away from the field -- and was "getting some mental reps in case he has a chance to go," according to coach Jim Zorn. Portis sprained the knee in the 23-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers before last week's bye. He is questionable on the injury report. "I would use him, if he could go, in a limited fashion," Zorn said. Portis' backup, Ladell Betts, is probable after missing three games with a sprained knee. Betts was limited in practice Friday. "We're just trying to get his knee ready," Zorn said. "It was sore a little bit today because of the work he put in yesterday." If neither Portis nor Betts can play, midseason signing and former league MVP Shaun Alexander would make his first Redskins start.
No improvement for Portis
(11/13/2008)Clinton Portis' sprained knee showed no improvement Thursday, and the Washington Redskins RB appears unlikely to play in Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys. The NFL's second-leading rusher left Redskins Park during practice, wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt and burgundy sweat pants as he stepped into his Maserati. "I was hoping today that there would be a little more optimism, and there's not," coach Jim Zorn said. "He's still questionable. I would say there's no change today. I was looking for another jump, but there wasn't." Portis sprained his left knee in the 23-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers before last week's bye. With Portis ailing, Ladell Betts appears set to start Sunday. Betts has missed the last three games with a sprained knee, but he was on the field in steady rain for Thursday's practice. "Betts looked good," Zorn said. "He's got a brace on, but made some cuts. That was encouraging." Shaun Alexander would start if both Portis and Betts are unable to play.
Portis has sprained MCL
(11/12/2008) The Washington Times reports Redskins RB Clinton Portis revealed Tuesday he sustained a second-degree sprain of his MCL in his right knee against the Steelers. Portis did not practice Monday, and coach Jim Zorn listed him as "questionable" and "50-50" for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys. A grade 2 sprain of the MCL is an incomplete tear of one of the knee's four major ligaments and could require a recovery time of three to four weeks. Reserve RB Ladell Betts sustained a sprained MCL (though which degree wasn't documented) in the Redskins' loss to St. Louis on Oct. 12 and has yet to return to practice. If Portis and Betts can't play, Shaun Alexander and Rock Cartwright would assume the RB duties. Alexander has 10 carries in three games since joining the Redskins after Betts' injury, and Cartwright has four rushes.
Zorn: Portis '50-50' for Week 11
(11/10/2008) Redskins running back Clinton Portis was unable to practice because of a sprained knee, and coach Jim Zorn said Portis is "50-50" for Sunday night's game against Dallas. Portis bruised his knee on the final play of the first quarter of last week's 23-6 loss to the Steelers, but returned for the next series and finished the game. The pain got progressively worse after treatment following the game, however, and Zorn said Monday that Portis has a bone bruise on the femur as well as a sprain. "He's questionable," Zorn said. "I'd say there's a 50-50 chance. I'm hoping that he'll be even better than that. Another day of rest, and then we'll see how he comes in on Wednesday. ... We've got to get the pain out of the knee and see how he progresses along."
Portis has season-high seven grabs
(11/4/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis, limited by an ankle injury in practice all week, couldn't extend his streak of five straight games with at least 120 yards rushing Week 9 against the Steelers, but he did smash his previous season highs with seven catches for 73 yards. He ran 13 times for 51 yards and failed to score a touchdown for only the third time this season.
Portis to start as expected Monday
(11/3/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis is active and will play Week 9 against the Steelers after the team listed him as probable with an ankle injury leading up to the game.
Portis probable for Week 9
(10/31/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (ankle) was back at practice in a limited capacity Friday, but is being listed as probable for Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh. Portis did not practice Wednesday or Thursday after injuring his ankle Week 9.
Portis misses another practice
(10/30/2008) For the second straight day, Redskins RB Clinton Portis did not practice and will be listed as questionable for Monday against the Steelers, reports the Washington Times. Portis is dealing with an ankle injury, but he played through it last week against Detroit.
Portis' ankle should be fine
(10/27/2008)Clinton Portis, the NFL's leading rusher, has a sore ankle but Redskins coach Jim Zorn thinks he will face Pittsburgh at home in Week 9. Portis rushed 24 times for 126 yards in Week 8's win over Detroit, catching one pass for 6 yards. Portis, who sat out practice Wednesday, ran for a long of 31 yards and totaled two 17-yard scampers on the game's first two runs. He was taken out early in the game for Shaun Alexander for a few plays and then got into a tiny spat with coach Jim Zorn. Portis came back in and eventually racked up the yardage.
Portis goes over 120 again
(10/26/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis rushed 24 times for 126 yards in Week 8's win over Detroit. Portis also caught one pass for six yards. Portis ran for a long of 31 yards and totaled two 17-yard scampers on the game's first two runs. He was taken out early in the game for Shaun Alexander for a few plays and then got into a tiny spat with coach Jim Zorn. Portis came back in and eventually racked up the yardage.
Portis starting in Week 8
(10/26/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis, as expected, is active for Week 8 at Detroit. He was banged up all week and barely practiced but the Redskins were never seriously going to keep him out against the Lions.
Portis still limited Friday
(10/24/2008) Redskins running back Clinton Portis was limited again in practice Friday with a sore hip, but is expected to play Week 8 against the Lions.
Portis limited, expected to play
(10/23/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis was limited Thursday with a nagging hip flexor and general soreness, but he's expected to suit up Sunday at Detroit. Portis required treatment on a shin, an ankle and the neck as well as the sore hip flexor that caused the league's leading rusher to miss two practices last week.
Portis doesn't practice Wed.
(10/22/2008) Washington starting RB Clinton Portis (hip) did not practice on Wednesday and is considered questionable for Week 8 in Detroit. Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said Clinton Portis required treatment on a shin, an ankle and the neck as well as the sore hip flexor that caused the league's leading rusher to miss two practices last week. Portis might have to miss more practice time in order to play in next week's game against Detroit. "He's carrying a big load, so he may need a little bit of a rest," Zorn said. "I'm willing to give it to him, that's for sure."
Portis sore from head to toe
(10/20/2008) Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said Clinton Portis required treatment on a shin, an ankle and the neck as well as the sore hip flexor that caused the league's leading rusher to miss two practices last week. Portis might have to miss more practice time in order to play in next week's game against Detroit. "He's carrying a big load, so he may need a little bit of a rest," Zorn said. "I'm willing to give it to him, that's for sure."
Portis rushes for 175 yards, TD
(10/19/2008) For 2 1/2 quarters, the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns produced lots of punts and no points. Then Clinton Portis really started piling up the yards. After nearly putting the fans to sleep, two teams packed a lot into a little bit of time Sunday. Portis broke the scoreless tie with a 3-yard TD run in the third quarter and rushed for 175 yards on 27 carries. He did fumble late, a costly one that almost cost the Redskins the game.
Portis starting against Cleveland
(10/19/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis is active and starting against the Browns in Week 7 in Washington.
Portis expected to start
(10/19/2008) CBS Sports announcer Ian Eagle met with Redskins coach Jim Zorn in the last 24 hours and told Fantasy Football Today that RB Clinton Portis (hip) is expected to start in Week 7 vs. the Browns.
Portis (hip) listed as questionable
(10/17/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis, the NFL's leading rusher, returned after missing Thursday's practice with a mild hip flexor. He is questionable. Head coach Jim Zorn said earlier this week that he expected Portis to play on Sunday vs. the Browns. "He ran around pretty good," Zorn said. "Nothing for him was absolute burst full-speed, but I saw him make some cuts both left and right."
Portis misses another practice
(10/16/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis, the league's leading rusher, missed a second straight day with a hip flexor Thursday and will probably sit out Friday's session as well. He is questionable against the Browns. "It was pretty bad with his hip flexor," coach Jim Zorn said. "That's all that is the problem. I expect him to practice on Saturday and I expect him to go on Sunday."
Portis expected to play Week 7
(10/15/2008) Washington starting RB Clinton Portis did not practice with a hip injury on Wednesday and is questionable for Week 7 against the Browns. Coach Jim Zorn said that he expects Portis to play, reports the Washington Post.
Portis goes over 100 yards again
(10/12/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis rushed for his third straight 100-yard game in Sunday's loss to the Rams. Portis amassed 129 yards on 21 carries and two touchdowns. Portis also caught one pass for 14 yards.
Portis back to his old self again
(10/9/2008)Clinton Portis has run for 514 yards so far this season, a better five-game start than he had even in his breakout seasons with the Denver Broncos. He's second in the NFL in yards rushing behind Atlanta's Michael Turner (543), and his 145 yards on 29 carries against the Eagles earned him NFC offensive player of the week honors.
Portis has 145 yards and TD
(10/5/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis carried his teammates to a win over the Eagles on Sunday in Week 5. Portis carried 29 times for 145 yards and a touchdown. Portis scored on a four-yard run in the decisive fourth quarter. He also caught two passes for 13 yards.
(10/2/2008) Just about every Fantasy owner will start Clinton Portis in Week 5 at Philadelphia, but history suggests a tough game for the stud running back. Portis has a good long-term history against the Eagles, but he's score just one TD and owns one 100-yard game in his last three against the division rival. Portis has scored or topped 100 rush yards in each of his last three games and is averaging 4.3 yards per carry (with at least 21 carries per game) on the year. Worse yet, the Eagles are ranked No. 1 vs. the run on the year and have given up just one rushing touchdown (Marion Barber, Week 2). They've stopped the likes of Steven Jackson, Willie Parker and Matt Forte in their other games.
Portis breaks 100 for first time
(9/28/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis eclipsed the 100-yard mark for the first time this season on Sunday of Week 4 as Washington handed Dallas its first loss. Portis ran for 121 yards on 21 carries but did not score a touchdown. He caught two passes for 14 yards, as well.
Portis to face division rival
(9/25/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis will face division rival Dallas in Week 4. In two games against them last season, he totaled 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 36 yards. The Cowboys currently rank sixth in the NFL against the run, allowing just 84.3 yards per game.
Portis scores vs. Cardinals
(9/21/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis didn't have his best game against the Cardinals on Sunday in Week 3. Portis and his Redskins won the game however, and Portis found the end zone. Portis rushed for 68 yards on 21 carries and scored from three yards out for the game's first points. He also caught two passes for 19 yards.
Portis scored twice vs. Cards in '07
(9/18/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis was held to just 43 rushing yards against the Cardinals last season, but he did manage to find the end zone twice. Washington hosts Arizona in Week 3.
Portis scores twice Sunday
(9/14/2008) Washington RB Clinton Portis missed 100 rushing yards by just four finishing with 96 on Sunday in a win over the Saints. Portis, however, found the end zone twice for Washington. He scored on runs of 9 and 8 yards.
Portis upset with offense
(9/12/2008) In a wide-ranging interview Wednesday about his career in the Washington Post, Redskins RB Clinton Portis said he wished he "could go to a team for one week with the best offensive line, or the team with the best scheme, and switch places with their back and see how others would do in this system." And after Washington's revamped passing game was mostly ineffective in a 16-7 season-opening loss to the New York Giants, Portis was open about his frustration having to dodge "all the people in the backfield, fighting just to get back to the line of scrimmage, and people looking around like, 'Oh, he just missed it.' I'm dodging people getting the handoff, because nobody's really respecting us as a passing team."
Portis 16 yards shy of 100
(9/4/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis fell 16 yards shy of his first 100-yard rushing game of 2008 during Week 1 against the Giants. The 7-year veteran ended up with 84 rushing yards on 23 carries, with his longest run being a 23-yard scamper. Portis had a 8-yard reception in the fourth quarter called back because of offensive holding.
Portis scored twice vs. NYG in '07
(9/2/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis scored a touchdown in each of the two matchups against the N.Y. Giants in 2007, whom he will face in Thursday's Week 1 opener at New York. He rushed 14 times for 60 yards in Week 3 last year, also catching six passes for 37 yards. In Week 15, he led the team to a win on 25 carries for 126 yards.
Portis carries 8 times for 32 yards
(8/23/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis, after taking last week off, had eight carries for 32 yards against the Panthers on Saturday.
Portis to play against Panthers
(8/17/2008)Redskins head coach Jim Zorn said Sunday that RB Clinton Portis, who didn't play Saturday against the Jets because of coach's decision, will play in next Saturday's preseason game against the Panthers. "He is going to play in this game for sure and not just a series," Zorn said.
(7/23/2008) Redskins coach Jim Zorn expects to keep RB Clinton Portis out of the club's preseason opener Aug. 3 vs. Indianapolis in Canton, Ohio, reports the Washington Times. Portis rolled his ankle on Tuesday. He was back on the practice field later on that day but will still be held out as a precaution.
Portis will be workhorse
(7/15/2008) The Redskins ranked 12th in rushing yards a game (116.9) but 22nd in yards a carry (3.8). Clinton Portis led the NFL with 325 carries, was fourth with 11 touchdowns and was sixth with 1,262 yards. The Washington Times reports that new coach Jim Zorn will use Portis a lot this season. Expect Zorn to have Portis carry the offense, especially during an opening month that includes all three NFC East road games. An effective Portis would allow quarterback Jason Campbell to become accustomed to the new passing game. In Seattle, Mike Holmgren used Shaun Alexander an average of 331 times from 2001 to 2005. Zorn already has said Portis won't have the freedom to take himself out of games, which means he will have to be a workhorse and the offense will run based on how he performs. He will be 27 by opening night but already has 1,710 career carries.
Portis earns rave reviews
(6/6/2008) The Washington Post reports Redskins RB Clinton Portis was excused from practice Thursday to attend to other matters. Portis has drawn rave reviews for being more diligent about participating in offseason work at Redskins Park than in previous years, and coach Jim Zorn said the former Pro Bowl back notified him days ago of his need to leave early Thursday. Portis received his normal treatment from the training staff and attended meetings before leaving. "What he did -- to his benefit and to our benefit -- is he came in and got his treatment," Zorn said. "He came in and listened to all the installation [of the offense] and he got his workout in, and then he had to leave. So he went over and above what I thought he was going to do."
Portis strains hip
(5/8/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis sat out Wednesday's practice with a strained hip flexor, reports the Washington Times. Coach Jim Zorn said Portis will be ready for June 2 but might have injured himself with the 40-yard match race against safety LaRon Landry that followed the end of minicamp Sunday. "Clinton's OK," Zorn said. "I'm wondering if it was that sprint ..."
Portis an 1,800-yard rusher?
(3/27/2008)Sports Illustrated reports that Redskins assistant head coach/running backs coach Stump Mitchell is optimistic that RB Clinton Portis will have a big year playing in Jim Zorn's West Coast Offense. "We think that he can be a 1,800-yard back this season," Mitchell said. "Running behind that offensive line, he should average four-and-a-half to five yards per carry." The story adds that Portis is working out in D.C., not Miami as his usual custom, and that Portis is a candidate to catch more passes out of the backfield after getting 47 receptions last season, mostly on check-down passes.
Portis shines in '07; better in '08?
(2/13/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis took all of three quarters of play in Week 1 to shed any inkling that he would split carries with Ladell Betts in 2007. Getting over three carries for every one of Betts' carries, Portis ran for 1,262 yards on 325 reps (3.9 avg.) with 11 rush touchdowns, adding 389 receiving yards on 47 catches (8.3 avg.). He even completed a touchdown pass for 15 yards. The only downside to Portis' year was his career-high five fumbles.
Portis sprains ankle at Seattle
(1/6/2008) Redskins RB Clinton Portis sprained his left ankle late during a Wild Card game at Seattle and missed the final minutes of the 35-14 loss. He carried 20 times for 52 yards with zero touchdowns. He also has four receptions for 28 yards.
Portis closes season with two TDs
(12/30/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis rushed for two more touchdowns Week 17 against the Cowboys, giving him four in his final three games. He finished with 104 yards on 25 carries and 27 on four catches. He also lost a fumble.
Portis having comeback season
(12/28/2007)Clinton Portis' performance last week at Minnesota earned him the honor of NFC offensive player of the week, but he's a more fitting candidate for the Redskins' comeback player of the year. His stock was at an all-time low in September. This was supposed to be the year Portis became half of a rotating backfield with Ladell Betts. Two shoulder injuries and a broken hand had ruined Portis' season in 2006, and persistent tendinitis in his knee sidelined him for most of the offseason practices and nearly all of this year's training camp. Now look at his statistics, and - surprise! - Portis has started all 15 games and is tied with Edgerrin James for most carries (300) in the NFC and is trailing only Pittsburgh's Willie Parker (321) in the NFL. Portis is third in the NFC in yards rushing (1,158) and his 362 yards receiving are two shy of his career high. Betts, meanwhile, has become an afterthought, with 83 carries for 306 yards.
Portis throws TD, runs for one
(12/24/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had an exciting day Week 16 against the Vikings. Not only did he score on the ground, he also connected with Antwaan Randle El on a halfback pass for a 15-yard touchdown. Portis finished the game with 20 carries for 76 yards, and capped the 32-21 win with a 13-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. He also had five receptions for 48 yards.
Portis has tough test vs. Vikes
(12/20/2007) Redskins RB Clinton played well last week at the Giants with 25 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown. But this week Portis faces a tough test against the Vikings, who are No. 1 in run defense with only six rushing touchdowns allowed. Minnesota is only allowing 68 rushing yards per game.
(12/16/2007)Clinton Portis ran for 126 yards and a touchdown in a 22-10 victory Week 15 against the Giants. Portis was the workhorse of the Redskins' offense all game and was rewarded with a 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. His longest rush of the day went for 31 yards. It was his first 100-yard performance in five games and he now has two touchdowns in three December games.
Portis struggles at Giants Stadium
(12/13/2007) Washington RB Clinton Portis hasn't run for 100 yards in his past four games and has just one touchdown in his past five outings. In his past two games at Giants Stadium against the Giants (he's faced the Jets there also) Portis has 85 yards rushing and no touchdowns. The Giants, who Portis faces this week, also are No. 7 against the run with only seven rushing touchdowns allowed.
Stomach illness slows Portis
(12/7/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had a tough day at the office Week 14 against the Bears. Aside from netting just 36 yards on 17 carries, he also dealt with an upset stomach for most of the night. It was the fourth straight game Portis was held under 100 yards. Portis did record six catches for 86 yards with most of that coming on a 54-yard screen pass in the third quarter that setup a Mike Sellers' 1-yard score.
Portis active for Week 14
(12/6/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (shoulder) is active and starting Week 14 against the Bears. He was listed as probable on the injury report. In three career games against the Bears, Portis has averaged 152.3 rushing yards. In his last meeting against Chicago (2004), Portis had 36 carries for 171 yards. However, he has never scored against the Bears.
Portis readies to play Bears
(12/5/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (shoulder) is listed as probable for Week 14 vs. Chicago. In three career games against the Bears, Portis has averaged 152.3 rushing yards. In his last meeting against Chicago (2004), Portis had 36 carries for 171 yards. However, he has never scored against the Bears.
Portis not afraid of Bears
(12/4/2007) In three career games against the Chicago Bears, Washington RB Clinton Portis has averaged 152.3 rushing yards a contest. In his last meeting against them, back in 2004, Portis had 36 carries for 171 yards. He has never scored against the Bears, however.
Portis honors fallen mate with a TD
(12/2/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis scored a 3-yard touchdown in Week 13 vs. Buffalo and lifted his jersey to reveal a white shirt with the words "In memory of Sean Taylor" underneath. He carried 25 times for 50 yards and also caught two passes for 10 yards.
Portis active, starts in Week 13
(12/2/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (back) was activated and will start in Week 13 vs. Buffalo.
Portis probable for Bills game
(11/30/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (back) practiced in full Friday and is listed as probable for Week 13 vs. Buffalo. Portis had his best month of the season in November, totaling 437 yards and one touchdowns on 98 carries. However, he has had a long week after his friend and teammate Sean Taylor died on Tuesday morning.
Portis takes to practice field
(11/29/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (back) did not practice Wednesday, but returned to limite reps Thursday as the team prepares for Week 13 vs. Buffalo. Portis had his best month of the season in November. He totaled 437 yards and one touchdowns on 98 carries.
Portis sits to rest sore back
(11/28/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (back) did not practice Wednesday as the team prepares for Week 13 vs. Buffalo. Portis opted to sit out to rest his sore back, but there has been no word yet on him missing Sunday's game. Portis had his best month of the season in November. He totaled 437 yards and one touchdowns on 98 carries.
Portis gets 101 yards, fumbles twice
(11/25/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis ran for 68 yards and caught five passes for 33 yards in Washington's 19-13 loss to Tampa Bay in Week 12. He also fumbled twice.
Portis looks to Buc trend
(11/21/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 12 carries for 36 yards against Dallas last week, but he will look to get back on track this week against the Bucs. Tampa Bay is No. 18 in run defense with nine touchdowns allowed. Washington had 54 pass attempts last week, and thats not the formula Joe Gibbs wants to use.
Portis does little in Week 11
(11/18/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 12 carries for 36 yards in Week 11 at Dallas. He added two catches for nine yards.
Clinton looking like Portis of old
(11/15/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 137 rush yards in Week 10 and has 333 rush yards in his past two games. He will get a great test in Week 11 against the Cowboys, who rank fifth in the league in rushing yards allowed this season (86.8 average).
Portis totals 157 yards
(11/11/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 30 carries for 137 yards and four catches for 20 yards vs. Philadelphia in Week 10. Those are pretty good statistics, but not one of Portis' touches went for more than 13 yards, so he was limited in his production outside of the amount of touches he had.
Portis a TD machine vs. Eagles
(11/9/2007) In six career games against the Eagles as a member of the Redskins, RB Clinton Portis has six career touchdowns. However, he has only posted one 100-yard effort this season. Earlier this season, Portis rushed for 69 yards and a score at Philadelphia. Now he gets them at home in Week 10. The Eagles haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher since Week 6 but did yield two rushing touchdowns in their meltdown vs. Dallas last week.
Portis just misses 200 yards
(11/4/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis rushed 36 times for 196 yards in Week 9 at the N.Y. Jets, including a 1-yard score in the fourth quarter.
Portis seeking first 100-yd rushing day
(11/2/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis heads into Week 9 against the Jets looking for his first 100-yard rushing game of the season. The most recent time he broke into triple digits was in Week 4 last season. The Redskins decided to hold Portis out of practice Friday as a coaches' decision to give him a day of rest.
Portis totals 81 yards in loss
(10/28/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 11 carries for 27 yards at New England in Week 8, but salvaged his week with 54 receiving yards on five catches. Portis also missed a small portion of the game with a finger injury, but he did return and didn't seem fazed by it.
Portis returns to game
(10/28/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis left the team's Week 8 game at New England with a finger injury but returned later in the second half.
Portis struggling this year
(10/23/2007) Clinton Portis is having the worst stretch of his career. Portis, still trying to find his legs after missing all of preseason, hasn't broken 100 yards in 11 straight games. He's averaging only 3.9 yards per carry, well below his career average.
Portis finds end zone twice
(10/21/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis was hoping to finally break the 100-yard barrier in a game Week 7 against the Cardinals, who came into the game allowing 114 rushing yards per contest. Portis failed once again to gain 100 yards, posting just 43, but the six-year veteran did rack up two rushing touchdowns. Portis plunged in from two yards out in the first quarter and then again from 1-yard out in the third quarter.
Portis could hit 100 yards this week
(10/17/2007) Strange but true: Clinton Portis has yet to total 100 yards in a game this season. Although he's scored three times (and in two of three home games), Portis' yards per carry have dwindled since the start of the season even though he's getting at least 15 touches per game, possibly a by-product of his sore knee. Nevertheless, Portis is faced with a nice matchup in Week 7 as the Cardinals come to Washington. Arizona's run defense started the year off strong but have broken down over the last couple of weeks. They've allowed a 100-yard rusher in each of their last two games and have allowed at least one rush for 20 or more yards in each of their last four. With the Redskins expected to continue running the ball as much as they can, this sets up nicely for Portis.
Portis gets 89 total yards
(10/14/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 20 carries for 64 yards and three catches for 25 yards Sunday against Green Bay. He also lost a fumble.
(10/11/2007) Washington RB Clinton Portis hasn't had a 100-yard rushing game since Week 4 of last season, and will try to break into triple digits against the Green Bay Packers in Week 6. In his last game against the Packers, back in 2004, Portis rushed for 70 yards on 17 carries and caught a season-high seven passes -- a mark he hasn't reached since.
Portis totals 91 yards
(10/7/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 18 carries for 72 yards and two catches for 19 yards Sunday against Detroit.
Portis probable for Week 5
(10/5/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (knee) is listed as probable for Week 5 vs. Detroit. Portis went through a full practice Thursday and Friday after limited reps Wednesday. Portis has 227 rushing yards and three touchdowns in three games. The Redskins are coming off a bye week.
Portis practices on Thursday
(10/4/2007) Running back Clinton Portis practiced on his sore knee and is ready to go. Receiver Santana Moss did a lot of sprints and little else. The health of two important parts of the Washington Redskins offense took different paths Thursday as the team prepared for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions. "It feels night and day," Portis said. "(Wednesday) was my first day trying to do anything, and it was limited. (Thursday) I ran full speed on numerous plays. I felt real good."
Portis limited in practice
(10/4/2007) RB Clinton Portis was limited in practice Wednesday with a mildly sprained and bruised knee. Coach Joe Gibbs said he misspoke Monday when he said Portis was having a recurrence of the tendinitis that sidelined him for most of training camp. "I think Clinton will be fine," Gibbs said.
Clinton Portis has sprained knee
(10/3/2007) The Washington Post reports that the Redskins clarified the status of Clinton Portis' right knee on Tuesday, confirming that he had a grade-1 sprain, not a recurrence of tendinitis. Portis appeared on a radio show later in the day and said he's been receiving treatment and wearing a sleeve to reduce the swelling. Both he and Redskins trainer Bubba Tyer expect Portis to play on Sunday vs. the Lions.
Portis' knee bothering him again
(10/2/2007) According to Washington Times reports, Redskins RB Clinton Portis, who missed the entire preseason with tendinitis in his right knee, wasn't in pads Monday because of the knee as the Redskins returned to practice after a six-day break. "His knee is still a little agitated, and we'll see how it goes this week," coach Joe Gibbs said. "It was just a soreness that came out of (the Sept. 23 loss to the New York Giants)."
Portis, Betts continue to share load
(9/27/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis is adjusting to sharing the rushing load with Ladell Betts. Although Portis has more carries this year (48 to Betts' 30), coach Joe Gibbs made it clear that he counts the two as equals. "We think they're interchangeable," Gibbs said. So far, the results are mixed. Portis' numbers are OK but not great: 227 yards, a 4.7-yard average and three touchdowns. Betts (82 yards, 2.7 average) didn't have a second-half carry last week until the two at the end of the game against the Giants when he was stuffed at the goal line. He said the tag-team approach means he doesn't have "the same type of rhythm" he had when Portis was injured last year.
Portis finds pay dirt again
(9/23/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis scored a rushing touchdown for the third consecutive game during a Week 3 loss to the Giants. Portis totaled 60 yards on 14 carries. He scored from 1-yard out in the first quarter. Portis also had six receptions for 37 yards in the game.
Portis does well at home vs. NYG
(9/20/2007) In two home games against the Giants with the Redskins, RB Portis has 256 yards rushing, including two 100-yard games and three total touchdowns. Portis appears to be 100 percent to start the season. He has 167 yards and two touchdowns against Miami and Philadelphia. The Giants are No. 19 against the run but lead the NFL with four rushing touchdowns allowed.
Portis finds end zone in Philly
(9/18/2007) Clinton Portis carried 17 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 at Philadelphia, as he found the end zone for the second time in as many games this season. He also chipped in with one reception for seven yards. Ladell Betts, his backup, had eight touches, including six carries.
'Skins take it easy on Portis
(9/13/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis went through a limited practice routine Thursday based on a team decision. The Redskins play the Eagles in Week 2. Portis didn't play a full game against the Eagles last season, breaking his hand in their first meeting. But Portis had Philly's number in 2005, totaling 179 rush yards and three rush TDs in two games. Portis is already off to a hot start this season, rolling for 98 yards and a score last week against Miami while splitting reps with Ladell Betts.
Portis will try to remain hot
(9/12/2007) Clinton Portis didn't play a full game against the Eagles last season, breaking his hand in their first meeting. But Portis had Philly's number in 2005, totaling 179 rush yards and three rush TDs in two games. Portis is already off to a hot start this season, rolling for 98 yards and a score last week against Miami while splitting reps with Ladell Betts. Portis and the Skins face the Eagles in Week 2 Monday night action.
Portis just misses 100-yard game
(9/9/2007) Washington RB Clinton Portis ran for 98 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries while splitting time with Ladell Betts during the Redskins' Week 1 OT victory over the Dolphins.
Portis listed as probable
(9/7/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (knee) went through his third full day of practice Friday as the team prepares for a Week 1 showdown against the Dolphins. The Redskins list him as probable, so expect him to play, but he doesn't have a favorable matchup. The Dolphins were No. 8 in run defense last year and only allowed seven rushing touchdowns.
Portis fully active Thursday
(9/6/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (knee) went through his second full day of practice Thursday as the team prepares for a Week 1 showdown against the Dolphins. Portis was limited during training camp with an injured knee, and although he's expected to play this week, the matchup is not in his favor. The Dolphins were No. 8 in run defense last year and only allowed seven rushing touchdowns.
Portis not a great start
(9/6/2007) Portis was limited during training camp with an injured knee, and although he's expected to play this week, the matchup is not in his favor. The Dolphins were No. 8 in run defense last year and only allowed seven rushing touchdowns.
Portis not limited in practice
(9/5/2007) RB Clinton Portis (knee) fully practiced Wednesday, upping his prospects for Week 1 against the Dolphins.
Portis out as expected
(8/30/2007) Redskins DL Vaka Manupuna (quadricep), TE Tyler Ecker (groin) and RB Clinton Portis (knee) missed Thursday's preseason game against the Jaguars.
Portis has first full practice
(8/28/2007) RB Clinton Portis, bothered by tendinitis in his right knee, had his first full practice Tuesday in four weeks. "I've got to get my legs back under me," Portis said. "I slipped and fell a couple times running the ball, but outside of that I felt good." Portis said he might even play against the Jaguars on Thursday night in the final preseason game, although he'd rather not. "Hopefully I showed enough in practice where I ain't got to play on Thursday."
Portis to 'up his workload' this week
(8/28/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis' knee injury is a mystery. He has barely practiced all year, having missed a good portion of the spring workouts and most of training camp because of tendinitis in his right knee. The injury is clearly more than a minor flare-up, and his status remains uncertain. Coach Joe Gibbs said Portis will be "upping his workload" this week and that the team was maintaining a cautious approach to the injury. "What we've done here is the smart thing and give him a long rest period to get that thing totally healed so it's not going to wind up being a nagging thing from week to week," Gibbs said.
Portis to miss another game
(8/24/2007) Jason Campbell has a severely bruised knee from a hit in last week's loss to Pittsburgh, so Todd Collins will start Saturday against the Ravens as coach Joe Gibbs follows an odd rotation in the competition for the No. 2 quarterback job. Running back Clinton Portis remains sidelined with tendinitis in his knee. Also, Marcus Washington is recovering from a dislocated elbow, so Randall Godfrey -- who put off retirement this week to sign with the Redskins -- could see some playing time at linebacker.
Portis works in some drills
(8/22/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis, sidelined for more than three weeks with tendinitis in his knee, took part in some agility drills Tuesday but indicated he probably won't play until the season opener Sept. 9. "That's the date we're shooting for right now," Portis said. "I've been taking hits for about 13, 14 years, and I'm sure the game of football hasn't changed. What's going to be the shock? I know how it feels to get hit. My goal is to keep from being hit."
Portis yet to take field
(8/19/2007) Redskins DL Vaka Manupuna (quadricep), RB Clinton Portis (hand, knee, shoulder) and TE Tyler Ecker (groin) all missed Saturday's game against the Steelers.
Portis not expected to face Steelers
(8/17/2007) A swollen knee has also slowed Redskins running back Clinton Portis, who has been out for more than two weeks. Portis is not expected to play vs. Pittsburgh on Saturday, leaving Ladell Betts to get the bulk of the carries with the starters.
(8/12/2007) Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs got some good news about Clinton Portis, who sat out Saturday's preseason game against the Titans because of knee tendinitis. Portis was examined in Nashville by Dr. James Andrews, and Gibbs said they were told the Redskins are treating Portis properly with medicine to ease the swelling.
Portis in street clothes Sat.
(8/12/2007) As expected, Redskins RB Clinton Portis (hand, knee, shoulder) did not play during Saturday's preseason game against the Titans.
Portis not expected to play Sat.
(8/10/2007) The Redskins won't have all the pieces available Saturday night during a preseason game against the Titans. Running back Clinton Portis isn't expected to play as he deals with tendinitis in his knee, and backup Ladell Betts is recovering from a neck stinger.
Portis' knee tendinitis returns
(8/1/2007) Redskins running back Portis was out for the second straight day Wednesday, reduced to riding a stationary bicycle because of swelling and soreness due to tendinitis in his right knee, the same ailment that hampered him during offseason workouts. Redskins trainer Bubba Tyer said Portis will return in a matter of "days, not weeks" but will not participate in Saturday's scrimmage against the Ravens. "As much as he thought he was ready to go, it's two-a-days," Tyer said. "We're going to try to modify his workout some and concentrate a little bit more on his strength work and his conditioning work without the trauma of practicing, cutting and turning. He feels a little discomfort when he cuts and turns."
Portis playing with purpose
(7/27/2007) Clinton Portis is anxious to rebound from his worst season as a pro. He ran for only 523 yards last year, the first time he failed to reach 1,300. He missed nine games in the 5-11 season because of two shoulder injuries and a broken hand, and he sat out some of this year's offseason workouts because of tendinitis in his knee. "It's always, 'What have you done for me lately?' And lately I haven't done anything," Portis said. "Right now I'm eager to get back to elite status and continue to play with the chip on my shoulder and realize it's only a matter of time before you fall."
Portis has knee injury
(5/21/2007) According to the Washington Times, Redskins RB Clinton Portis now has to deal with a knee problem. Portis missed the team's offseason workouts Wednesday and Thursday to travel to Birmingham, Ala., where he was examined by Dr. James Andrews and diagnosed with patella tendinitis. "It cropped up at the end of last week," coach Joe Gibbs said. "He had some soreness in the knee, but he described that he could run and work out on it and it would be fine the next day. This week it bothered him after the workout day so we decided to have it looked at." There is no timetable for when Portis can return his running program.
Betts gives his take on Skins' RBs
(4/3/2007) Redskins RB Ladell Betts told CBS SportsLine.com that nothing has been told to him directly about his role in 2007, but he's heard and read that his playing time will be similar to what it was when both he and Clinton Portis were healthy last season. "It'll be Clinton's show -- he's the No. 1 guy -- and when he's tired or we're trying to get a change of pace or whatever the situation may be, I'll spell him and get my touches as well," Betts said. Earlier this offseason, coach Joe Gibbs said he expects more "balance" between Portis and Betts.
Gibbs clarifies vision on run game
(3/30/2007) The Washington Post reports that Redskins coach Joe Gibbs is planning on keeping Clinton Portis as the starting rusher for his team, but will use Ladell Betts more often. Betts took over for Portis last year when Portis got hurt and ran extremely well. "I think the load will probably be a little bit more balanced between the two," Gibbs said. "They really like each other, which is good. Clinton loves football, is one of the smarter football guys I've been around. He understands. He wants to win. He'll come right out of there and tell Ladell, 'Hey, get in there.' A lot of times it will kind of be in his hands but certainly down the stretch I don't know if anyone played much better than Ladell did."
Injuries hamper Portis in 2006
(1/22/2007) Redskins RB Clinton Portis opened training camp as a bonafide No. 1 Fantasy running back, but separated his shoulder in the first quarter of the first preseason game making a tackle and missed the rest of the preseason and the second game of the regular season (he curiously played in the first game). Portis still ran a little tentatively but did fine through Weeks 3 and 9 until he broke his right hand against the Eagles in Week 10. At that point, the season was lost for Washington and Portis had surgery both on his hand and his shoulder. He finished with 523 rush yards and seven touchdowns and 170 receiving yards.
Gibbs: There's room for two RBs
(12/19/2006) The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Redskins coach Joe Gibbs is confident that both Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts will have roles in the Washington offense in 2007. "We feel great about those two guys carrying the ball for us," Gibbs said. "They've been great partners in the past. ... And certainly Clinton's our guy. He's rushed for a ton of yards for us and Ladell has a huge role for us and certainly there's room for having two good running backs and Ladell can also do a lot of other things for us. He's a heck of a receiver coming out of the backfield. He has been extremely aggressive. He's got some goals for himself in there, and I think it's showed up. He's made a real statement about himself and what he can do, and certainly that affects you as a coach."
Portis has shoulder surgery
(12/5/2006) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had shoulder surgery Tuesday that will require six months of rehabilitation. Portis was placed on injured reserve Nov. 15 after breaking a bone in his hand in a loss to Philadelphia, but his left shoulder had also been ailing him all season. He partially dislocated the shoulder making a tackle in the first preseason game, then jammed the rotator cuff in the regular-season opener. Tuesday's surgery repaired a torn labrum and stabilized the shoulder. Portis' injuries -- which also included a sprained ankle -- led to the worst season in his five-year NFL career. He finished with 523 yards on 127 carries, the first time he rushed for fewer than 1,300 yards.
Portis officially on IR
(11/15/2006) Redskins RB Clinton Portis was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, bringing an early end to the least productive and most frustrating season of his career. Portis broke a bone in his right hand in Sunday's 27-3 loss at Philadelphia. He had surgery Monday and was expected to require three to four weeks of rehabilitation. With the Redskins in last place and harboring only slim hopes of making a playoff run, the team decided to give him time to heal completely rather than have him return this year. Ladell Betts is expected to see the majority of reps in Portis' place.
Portis out for the season
(11/15/2006) According to published reports, RB Clinton Portis (hand, shoulder) will have surgery on his left shoulder and is out for the remainder of the season. The team plans to place him on injured reserve.
Portis has surgery on hand
(11/13/2006) Redskins running back Clinton Portis had surgery Monday on a broken bone in his right hand and is expected to be sidelined three to four weeks. Portis had three screws inserts into the ring finger bone, which was broken late in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-3 loss to Philadelphia. He'll wear a cast for a week to help control swelling, then some kind of splint during the rest of his rehabilitation. Portis conceivably could be done for the year. He's had four injuries in three months and isn't due to return until mid-December, when the Redskins (3-6) -- barring a turnaround -- will be well out of contention. Ladell Betts will take his spot in the starting lineup.
Season over for Portis?
(11/13/2006) Washington RB Clinton Portis likely will miss about a month with a broken right hand, an injury that could end what has been a decidedly uneven season for him and his team, the Washington Post reported after Portis was hurt against Philadelphia. Bubba Tyer, the Redskins' director of sports medicine, said Portis would undergo surgery as soon as Monday to repair the fourth metacarpal bone in his right hand, which is the bone that runs below the ring finger. Tyer said Portis would have screws inserted to stabilize the bone, but that the injury would be particularly difficult for Portis, because as a running back he must be comfortable gripping the football. Portis is right-handed. "It could be as long as four weeks, three or four, something like that," Tyer said. "He needs to be able to use his hands and function and be secure what he does with the football."
Portis might need surgery
(11/12/2006) Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis broke his right hand in the first half of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Portis, who rushed for 25 yards on six carries, left late in the first quarter of Philadelphia's 27-3 victory over Washington and did not return. "I haven't talked to him yet, but it's something that might have to have some screws," coach Joe Gibbs said.
Portis breaks right hand
(11/12/2006) Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis broke his right hand in the first half of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Portis, who rushed for 25 yards on six carries, left late in the first quarter and did not return. Portis entered with 498 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in seven games.
Portis rushes for TD
(11/5/2006) Redskins RB Clinton Portis rushed for 84 yards and a touchdown on 23 carries in a 22-19 win over the Cowboys in Week 9. Portis also had nine yards receiving on one reception.
Portis practices Wednesday
(11/1/2006) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (ankle) is listed as probable for Week 9 vs. Dallas. He did practice with the team on Wednesday.
Portis doesn't practice Mon.
(10/30/2006) Mark Brunell, Clinton Portis and Santana Moss didn't practice Monday as the Redskins returned from a four-day, bye-week vacation. Portis has a severe ankle sprain, although he is no longer wearing the protective boot he sported last week.
Portis, Moss hurt for Skins
(10/24/2006) The Washington Redskins' two most dynamic offensive cogs, RB Clinton Portis and WR Santana Moss, both suffered injuries in Sunday's loss against Indianapolis and are among a large contingent of hurting players entering the bye week. Washington's offense has been erratic even with Portis and Moss but, at 2-5 and with Dallas up next, losing either of them would be a significant blow. Portis wore a walking cast on his left ankle Monday, suffering from what the team is calling a high ankle sprain. Moss has a strained left hamstring. Neither is expected to participate in the two days of practice this week before players depart for the extended weekend off. Moss declined to comment on his injury, and Portis says he is looking forward to his bye-week vacation. "I'm getting . . . away from here," Portis told the Washington Post. "I know when he says we can go, I'm out of here."
Portis has rough game at IND
(10/22/2006) RB Clinton Portis rushed for 43 yards and had another 21 yards receiving as the Redskins lost 36-22 to the Colts. Portis suffered two injuries during the game. He left for a bit in the first half after taking a helmet to the groin area. Then, he failed to finish the game in the second half after sustaining an appearant leg injury.
Portis: 'Put it on my shoulders'
(10/18/2006) The Washington Post reports Redskins RB Clinton Portis was disappointed with his 14 carries -- seven in each half -- against the Titans in Week 6 and wants to play a big role in the offense each week. "How many times do you have to get to the point of saying, 'Put it on my shoulders?' " Portis said. "If you know what I'm capable of, you know I'm on your team. If you go over our roster, you know people are going to look and say, 'We've got to stop Portis.' Give them the opportunity to stop Portis."
Portis runs for two scores
(10/15/2006) RB Clinton Portis rushed for 58 yards and two touchdowns (4,10) on 14 carries in Week 6 as the Redskins lost 25-22 to the Titans. Portis also had five receptions for 17 yards.
C. Portis gains 76 yards
(10/8/2006) Redskins RB Clinton Portis rushed 19 times for 76 yards in Week 5 vs. the N.Y. Giants.
(10/2/2006) Clinton Portis had 27 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown in Week 4 against the Jaguars. He also had two receptions for 28 yards in the overtime win.
Portis leads way for Redskins
(9/26/2006) It's not quite as Washington RB Clinton Portis goes, so go the Redskins. But it was not mere coincidence that Washington won its first game in the franchise record-setting running back's first start of the season. "Clinton's an exceptional player," coach Joe Gibbs said. "He's a proven product, 1,500 yards every year. When you have a player who's that physical as a running back, it means a lot to your team. He consistently makes the right cuts. Sometimes, you ... say somebody else could've done that, but the reality is not many people could do it. Clinton certainly means a lot to us." Portis certainly meant a lot in Sunday's 31-15 victory at Houston. Portis had gained 39 yards on 10 carries and 11 yards on two catches in a reserve role in the opening 19-16 loss against Minnesota in his comeback from a partially dislocated left shoulder. He was held out of the 27-10 loss at Dallas with a re-injured shoulder before returning against the Texans. Portis gained 13 yards on Washington's first five plays before he ignited the Redskins by scooting 74 yards with a shovel pass from Mark Brunell. Two plays later, Ladell Betts tied the game with the first six of Washington's 31 unanswered points. "Clinton meant a lot in that game," Gibbs said after Portis had run 16 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns and added 78 yards on two catches. "To get the play out of there, that little shovel pass, was huge. That got us going and got the momentum back on our side." But as center Casey Rabach said, "Any time Clinton gets the ball in his hands, you expect big things."
Portis plays big role in win
(9/24/2006) Redskins RB Clinton Portis has helped rejuvenate the Redskins offense by rushing for 86 yards and adding another 78 through the air helping the Resdkins to a 31-15 win over the Texans. Portis added two rushing touchdowns. He did leave the game for a bit in the first quarter with some soreness in his shoulder, but returned shortly thereafter.
Portis has big first half
(9/24/2006) Redskins RB Clinton Portis has rejuvenated the Redskins offense with a big first half against the Houston Texans. He has 11 carries for 69 yards and one touchdown, a 30-yard scamper right before the half. He also has two receptions for 78 yards including a 74-yard shovel pass early in the first quarter. Portis did leave the field for a bit after the shovel pass (trainers were checking out his injured shoulder) but was back on the field before the quarter came to an end.
Portis in lineup vs. HOU
(9/24/2006) Redskins RB Clinton Portis (shoulder) is not among the Redskins inactives for Week 3, meaning he is in uniform and looks as though will play.
Portis pronounces self ready
(9/21/2006) Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis practiced again Thursday and pronounced himself ready for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans. "They can expect a full-throttle Portis," Portis said. "It's no setbacks or limited plays for me."
Gibbs says Portis looks good
(9/20/2006) Clinton Portis made it through the entire practice Wednesday for the first time since his shoulder injury and appears set to return at running back for Sunday's game against the Texans. He is listed as probable on the injury report. Portis partially dislocated his left shoulder in the preseason opener Aug. 13. He played a relief role in the regular season opener against Minnesota on Sept. 11, even though he had been limited in practice. He carried 10 times for 39 yards against the Vikings, but he jammed the rotator cuff in the same shoulder and missed last week's game against Dallas. "Clinton looked good. He took the whole practice, felt good," coach Joe Gibbs said. "I think we're OK there."
Portis says he'll play at HOU
(9/19/2006) The Washington Post reports that Redskins RB Clinton Portis (shoulder) says he will play at Houston in Week 3. Portis also admitted that he was the one who caused confusion over his status for Week 2, not coach Joe Gibbs. "If you tracked it, and said, 'This is what Joe is saying,' I think we've been right on the money. Now Clinton is going to have all kinds of things," Gibbs said. "A certain part of Clinton is a joker. He's got his own game plan. ... I think his side of it is when he comes down to where he's not playing, he'd like the other team to think he's playing. And if he's playing, he wants them to think he's not playing. But I've told Clinton we've got to tell people exactly what the situation is, and that's what I've tried to do."
Portis inactive for Week 2
(9/17/2006) Clinton Portis (shoulder) is listed among the inactive for the Washington Redskins for their Week 2 game at Dallas. RB Ladell Betts will start in his absence.
Portis packing bags for DAL
(9/16/2006) According to the Washington Post, Redskins RB Clinton Portis and coach Joe Gibbs are on opposite ends of the spectrum to the status of the Redskins' top back playing against Dallas. Gibbs said after practice on Friday that Portis would not play Week 2 vs. Dallas. However, Portis said he would be making the trip to Dallas because he fully expects to play. "I can't do anything but tell you to wait until Sunday. This bag is going to Dallas," Portis said in the report. "We've seen some miracle days happen. This isn't a situation for me not to be playing."
Coach Gibbs rules Portis out
(9/15/2006) Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs ruled Clinton Portis out for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, an announcement that surprised Portis and created yet another twist in the running back's injury saga. "He didn't practice today. ... If a guy doesn't practice, he's not going to play," Gibbs said. Gibbs said Ladell Betts, T.J. Duckett and Rock Cartwright will be the running backs against the Cowboys. Portis was downgraded from questionable to doubtful on the injury report, with Gibbs citing the pounding Portis took in the Monday night season opener against Minnesota.
Portis expects to play
(9/14/2006) No dress-up again Thursday for Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, who did not practice but remains confident he'll play Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. "As far as I know I'm playing," Portis said. "Unless something changes between now and Sunday." Portis' shoulder is sore from the contact against the Vikings on Monday. Portis took part in a portion of Wednesday's practice and worked Thursday on strength and conditioning. "I'm real sore," Portis said. "I'm just trying to stay on top of things, trying to build the strength up to where it stays the same so we don't have any setbacks." Portis is listed as questionable for Week 2.
Portis hoping to play at Dallas
(9/13/2006) Having running back Clinton Portis closer to full health may help the Washington Redskins' offense at Dallas in Week 2. Portis, still recovering from a partially dislocated shoulder suffered in the preseason, had 10 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown as a backup Week 1 vs. Minnesota. Portis, who originally proclaimed he would not be fit enough to play Monday, appears to be in a better frame of mind this week after absorbing some hits. "I was curious because I hadn't had any impact," Portis said. "Running into the bag (at practice), that's not force. ... To get that first play out of the way, I was like, 'OK, I'm straight."'
Portis finds the end zone
(9/12/2006) Clinton Portis (shoulder) entered Monday's game in the second quarter and finished with a team-high 10 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. He also had two receptions for 11 yards in the loss.
Portis: TD on third carry
(9/11/2006) Clinton Portis (shoulder), who managed minus-1 yard in his first two carries on Monday against Minnesota, gained the corner and punched in a five-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter on his third carry of the game.
RB Portis gets into the game
(9/11/2006) RB Clinton Portis (shoulder) did not start the Week 1 game against the Vikings, but he got into the game in the second quarter. On his first two carries he had minus-1 yard.
RB Portis active for Week 1
(9/11/2006) Clinton Portis (shoulder) is not among the inactives announced before Monday night's kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings. He is expected to serve as the backup to Ladell Betts, but will get significant carries.
Portis hopes to play
(9/11/2006) The Washington Post reports that Clinton Portis said that he was "93.9 percent" healthy Sunday and that he hoped to play against Minnesota Monday night.
Surprise: Portis may play as backup
(9/9/2006) In a surprise announcement, coach Joe Gibbs said Saturday he thinks Clinton Portis will be a backup in the Washington Redskins' Monday night opener against the Minnesota Vikings. "If I had to say, I think Ladell will start and Clinton will play a backup role in the game," Gibbs said. "That's the way I think it's going to go. I think that's what we've tried to accurately portray during the week." It isn't what Portis has portrayed. On Thursday, Portis all but ruled himself out of the game and said he was only 75 percent healthy. On Friday, he said he wasn't even sure he would return in time for the Week 2 game at Dallas, then joked that he was up to 83 percent. On Saturday, Portis changed his tune. "I'm about 93.9 right now," he said. "I've still got two more days to get to 100 percent. ... At the rate things have been increasing, it looks pretty good."
Portis rules himself out for opener
(9/8/2006) Redskins RB Clinton Portis is targeting Washington's second game for his return from a shoulder injury. He essentially ruled himself out for the Monday night opener against the Vikings. He wore a helmet and his No. 26 jersey during the entire practice Friday for the first time since partially dislocating his left shoulder four weeks ago, but said he was focusing on the upcoming games against Dallas and Houston. "The way things look, bro, you'll probably be seeing 2-6 against Dallas," Portis said, referring to his jersey number. "But who knows? If not, I should be ready for Houston. They want me to be 100 percent." Ladell Betts is expected to start Monday.
Portis: 'I'm the 'Injured Man'
(9/7/2006) Clinton Portis' first Thursday character of the season: a football player who doesn't appear as if he's going to be able to play in his team's first game. "Today," Portis said, "I'm the 'Injured Man."' Portis wore a white baseball cap, a gray sweat shirt and black sweat pants, a drab outfit that matched the bleak outlook for his participation in the Washington Redskins' Monday night opener against the Minnesota Vikings. "I would love to be out on the field," Portis said, "but we've got to look at the long run. We've got to look at the overall season instead of trying to jump back early and play in this game and then miss the key games we've got coming up behind it." When it was suggested that Portis had just ruled himself out, he replied: "You know, I guess you're just as sad as I am about that news, huh?" Portis is listed as questionable on the injury report and hasn't completely lost hope of playing, he said he was only "about 75" percent recovered from partially dislocating his left shoulder in the preseason opener against Cincinnati on Aug. 13.
Portis officially questionable
(9/6/2006) Redskins.com confirms that RB Clinton Portis (shoulder) is questionable for Week 1 vs. Minnesota. Moreover, the site reports that if Portis cannot play, Ladell Betts is expected to start but share carries with newcomer T.J. Duckett and veteran plow Rock Cartwright. The Redskins did not practice on Wednesday; their Week 1 game is Monday night.
Portis' status still in question
(9/5/2006) Running back Clinton Portis and cornerback Shawn Springs didn't practice Tuesday, and their availability for Monday night's regular-season opener against Minnesota was uncertain.
RB Portis in doubt for opener
(9/2/2006) Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said RB Clinton Portis (shoulder) and CB Shawn Springs (abdomen) are the only players whose availability is in serious doubt for the opener. "Most of the other guys are ready to roll," Gibbs said. Ladell Betts and T.J. Duckett figure to split carries in Week 1.
Portis' Fantasy value takes hit
(8/23/2006) The Atlanta Falcons traded running back T.J. Duckett to the Washington Redskins on Tuesday as part of a three-team deal and acquired holdout receiver Ashley Lelie from the Denver Broncos. The Broncos received Washington's third-round pick in the 2007 draft as part of the deal, according to two officials within the league who spoke on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been officially announced. Duckett is expected to be not only an insurance policy for Clinton Portis, who partially dislocated his shoulder earlier in the preseason, but also be the team's short-yardage and goal-line back this season. ... On the plus side, Portis has lost the sling on his shoulder and has been back doing light drills at camp.
(8/21/2006) Redskins.com reports Clinton Portis (partially dislocated left shoulder) was able to run on Monday for the first time since suffering his injury in a preseason game on Aug. 13 preseason game at Cincinnati. "I was trying to get a little conditioning in, nothing spectacular," Portis told the Washington Post. "It was just following procedure, trying to get everything to heal. I still have to put the sling back on. It's probably going to be sore. I still feel pain there, but as far as movement is concerned, I feel good."
WAS hope Portis will be ready
(8/21/2006) The Redskins are hopeful that Portis will return from his partially dislocated left shoulder on time for the September 11 season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Portis was examined at length on August 14 in Birmingham, Alabama by famed surgeon James Andrews who concurred with the diagnosis made by the Redskins' medical team after Portis was hurt in the first quarter of the previous night's 19-3 preseason-opening loss at Cincinnati. "The feeling is that it's something that's going to be sore," Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. "As soon as we get the soreness out of there, they feel like Clinton can start rehabbing. You would think that it's a lot better than getting something separated. We would hope he would be ready for the opener."
Gibbs: Pray for Portis
(8/14/2006) Redskins head coach Joe Gibbs told the media on Monday evening that RB Clinton Portis, who hurt his shoulder tackling a defender during the team's first preseason game, was flown to Birmingham, Ala., to meet with specialist Dr. James Andrews. Gibbs said that Portis' shoulder was sore, and that rehab couldn't begin until the soreness subsided. Gibbs said he "hoped" Portis would be ready for Week 1 vs. Minnesota but asked the Redskins' fans to "pray for Clinton."
MRI: Portis dislocated shoulder
(8/14/2006) The Washington Times reports that Redskins RB Clinton Portis has a temporary and partial dislocation of his left shoulder, an MRI exam confirmed. He did this making a tackle on Bengals CB Keiwan Ratliff on Sunday night at Cincinnati after Ratliff picked off a Mark Brunell pass. There is no timetable set for his return as of now, but head coach Joe Gibbs said, "It's going to be a while before he'll play." During a press conference, Portis made candid comments about the preseason being too long and wondered aloud about how he'd be covered in the future now. "Even if it's not serious, to be nicked going into Week 1, how often do you think defensive coordinators are going to blitz me?" he said.
Gibbs on Portis: 'Goal is to rehab'
(8/13/2006) Head coach Joe Gibbs said at halftime of Sunday's preseason game at Cincinnati that Clinton Portis suffered a subluxation of the left shoulder, but nothing indicates surgery is required at this time. He added that the "goal is to rehab him and get him ready for the regular season," according to televised reports.
Portis separated his shoulder
(8/13/2006) Clinton Portis suffered a separated shoulder in the first quarter of Sunday's preseason game at Cincinnati. He actually popped the shoulder out and it went back into place.
X-rays negative for Portis
(8/13/2006) Clinton Portis and the Washington Redskins got a spot of good news, as X-rays on his left shoulder were negative. He is still being taken for an MRI on the shoulder.
Portis injured in Sunday's game
(8/13/2006) Clinton Portis suffered a left shoulder injury early in the first quarter of Sunday's preseason game at Cincinnati on a tackle against CB Keiwan Ratliff. Portis made the stop after Ratliff intercepted a pass from Mark Brunell.
Portis to pull in plenty of passes
(8/2/2006) The Washington Times notes that Redskins RB Clinton Portis is thrilled to have Al Saunders as his new offensive coordinator. Not only is Saunders' pedigree well known, but his scheme will mean more receiving for Portis to take on in addition to running the ball early and often. "With the receivers we have and the offensive scheme we have, I know I'll catch a lot more passes than in past years, so I'm excited about that," he said.
Clinton Portis cleared for workouts
(4/7/2006) The Washington Post reports Clinton Portis, who was bothered by several injuries at the end of last season, has been cleared for all offseason activities.
Portis has monster season
(1/18/2006) Clinton Portis recorded 30 receptions, 1,516 rushing yards and 12 total TDs (11 rush, 1 pass) this season as the No. 1 running back in Washington. He has now rushed for 1,500-plus yards in three of his first four pro seasons.
Portis to battle 'Hawks
(1/10/2006) Clinton Portis and the Washington Redskins head to Qwest Field to face the Seattle Seahawks in Saturday's Divisional Round. He rushed for 90 yards against the Seahawks back on Oct. 2.
Portis to face Tampa
(1/3/2006) Clinton Portis and the Washington Redskins head to Tampa to face the Buccaneers in Wild Card weekend. He rushed for 144 yards and one TD earlier this season against the Bucs.
Portis tops 100 yards again
(1/1/2006) Clinton Portis carried 27 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17 at Philadelphia, going over 100 yards for the fifth straight games.
Portis has big Week 16
(12/24/2005) Clinton Portis carried the ball 27 times for 108 yards and a TD in Week 16 vs. the Giants. He also threw a TD on a 17-yard pass.
Portis expected to start
(12/21/2005) Clinton Portis bruised his lower back, ankle and shin in a win over Dallas but is still expected to start in Week 16.
Portis gains 112 on ground
(12/18/2005) Clinton Portis carried the ball 23 times for 112 yards in Week 15 vs. Dallas.
Portis reaches paydirt
(12/11/2005) Clinton Portis carried the ball 26 times for 105 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 at Arizona.
Portis runs for 136 yards, two TDs
(12/4/2005) Clinton Portis carried 27 times for 136 yards and two touchdowns in Week 13 at St. Louis. He tossed an incomplete pass and reeled in one ball for one yard.
Portis posts 110 yards
(11/27/2005) Clinton Portis recorded 110 all-purpose yards but didn't find the end zone in Sunday's 23-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Portis sick for Thanksgiving
(11/25/2005) The Redskins listed RB Clinton Portis as ill on their injury report. He is probable to play vs. San Diego in Week 12 and practiced on Friday.
Portis misses practice
(11/25/2005) Clinton Portis (illness) misses practice on Thursday, according to reports.
Portis rushes for 92 yards
(11/20/2005) Clinton Portis rushed for 92 yards on 22 carries in Sunday's 16-13 loss to the Oakland Raiders.
Portis runs for 144 yards, TD
(11/13/2005) Clinton Portis carried 23 times for 144 yards and a touchdown in Week 10 at Tampa Bay. He also reeled in two receptions for nine yards.
Portis finds paydirt vs. Eagles
(11/7/2005) Clinton Portis scored the game-winning TD in Washington's 17-10 win over the Eagles Sunday night. He rushed for 67 yards on 21 carries and also caught three passes. Portis now has four rushing TDs on the season.
(11/4/2005) Is the Redskins running game as awful as it looked last week when Clinton Portis ran for a career-low 9 yards? Is the Eagles defense as awful as it looked in giving up 564 yards and 49 points? No and yes.
Portis not named among injured
(11/1/2005) Since head coach Joe Gibbs hasn't named Clinton Portis among the team's injured, it can be assumed he was pulled from Sunday's game because it was a blowout and the team was being cautious.
Portis injured vs. Giants
(10/30/2005) Clinton Portis rushed for nine yards on four carries and missed much of the second half of Sunday's 36-0 loss to the N.Y. Giants due to an undisclosed ailment.
Finally, Portis has monster game
(10/23/2005) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 19 reps for 101 yards and three touchdowns in Week 7 vs. San Francisco. He also added 12 yards receiving.
Portis scores two TDs
(10/23/2005) Redskins RB Clinton Portis rushed for his first two scores of the season against the 49ers in Week 7. Through one half, Portis had rushed for 63 yards.
Portis misses practice, probable
(10/21/2005) RB Clinton Portis missed a second consecutive day of practice Thursday with an injured shin but is expected to start Sunday against San Francisco. Portis didn't practice last Wednesday or Thursday, either, but he played in Kansas City.
Portis doesn't practice, probable
(10/20/2005) RB Clinton Portis didn't practice Wednesday with the ailing shin that has hampered him the past two weeks. Portis didn't practice last Wednesday or Thursday, either, but he played in Kansas City. He's probable for the 49ers.
Clinton Portis probable
(10/20/2005) Clinton Portis (calf) has been listed as probable for Week 7 vs. San Francisco.
Portis records 128 yards
(10/16/2005) Clinton Portis caught four passes and recorded 128 all-purpose yards in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Portis probable for Week 6
(10/13/2005) Clinton Portis (calf) is listed as probable and the Redskins could be without their No. 2 option. RB Ladell Betts is questionable with a groin injury. If he can't go, Rock Cartwright will likely back up Portis.
Portis posts 103 rush yards
(10/9/2005) Clinton Portis had 20 carries for 103 yards in Week 5 at Denver. He also had two receptions for 27 yards in the first matchup against his former team.
Portis back on the field
(10/9/2005) Clinton Portis (ankle) is back on the field in the third quarter in Week 5 at Denver.
Portis receiving treatment
(10/9/2005) Clinton Portis suffered an ankle injury in the second quarter at Denver. He rolled his ankle while being tackled on a carry.
Portis making return to Denver
(10/6/2005) Don't get too excited about Washington's Clinton Portis wanting revenge against his old team. The Broncos only allow 79 yards rushing a game, including 14 to Fred Taylor last week.
Portis has 90 rush yards
(10/2/2005) Redskins RB Clinton Portis ran for 90 yards on 25 carries vs. Seattle in Week 4. He added 18 yards receiving.
Portis has 77 total yards
(9/20/2005) Clinton Portis carried 17 times for 52 yards in Monday's game at Dallas. He also chipped in with four receptions for 25 yards.
Portis runs for 121 yards
(9/11/2005) Redskins RB Clinton Portis had 21 carries for 121 yards vs. Chicago in Week 1. His longest run was for 41 yards.
Portis returns to action
(8/26/2005) Clinton Portis (elbow) rushed for 48 yards on eight carries in limited time in Friday's preseason contest.
Portis returns to practice
(8/23/2005) The Washington Post reports Clinton Portis (elbow) was back at practice on Monday.
Portis sits vs. Cincy
(8/19/2005) Clinton Portis (elbow) missed Friday's preseason loss to Cincinnati.
Portis could be sidelined
(8/19/2005) The Washington Post reports Clinton Portis (elbow) might not be able to play in Friday's preseason game against Cincinnati. However, Portis said he does not believe his problem is severe. "It's sore, but it's fine," Portis said.
Portis totals four yards
(8/14/2005) RB Clinton Portis played one series in the Redskins' first preseason game, carrying the ball once for four yards.
Portis adds 20 pounds
(8/10/2005) The Washington Post reports Clinton Portis has gained about 20 pounds in an effort to withstand the pounding he expects to take this season. "I knew I needed to pick up weight for the type of offense that we're running," Portis said. "In the two-yard gains, I probably need this weight to turn 'em into four or five."
Portis has sore knee
(8/4/2005) The Washington Post reports Clinton Portis has a sore knee, but it isn't serious.
Upbeat Portis adds muscle
(6/27/2005) The New York Times reports that Clinton Portis has not only added some muscle to his frame, but he's excited about the new Redskins' offense. "We're not a clustered offense anymore," Portis said. "Last year, the receivers, everybody was inside the numbers. This year, everybody is spread out."
(6/20/2005) Joe Gibbs says that the Redskins' new offensive gameplan for the 2005 campaign will better suit Clinton Portis. Last year, Portis became a "grinder," which is something he was not accustomed to. Now Gibbs things Portis will like the new plan. "I think we've changed," Gibbs said, "not so much to suit Clinton's style but to what we thought was more effective. Clinton can run anything. He has the speed to run outside, and he's physical."
RB Portis feels fine
(3/25/2005) The Redskins official website reports Clinton Portis says the pectoral injury that forced him to miss the 2004 regular-season finale is fine. "I'll be able to do everything this offseason -- it wasn't an injury that was going to hinder me for a long time," Portis said. "I actually started doing push-ups again the night of the last game. So I'm fine."
Portis impresses coaches
(3/22/2005) The Redskins official website reports Clinton Portis was impressive in the weight room on the first day of the team's offseason workouts. "We're real excited about seeing Clinton," strength and conditioning coach John Dunn said. "He was upbeat about getting started again and in taking a leadership role with his team."
Portis placed on I-R
(12/29/2004) Clinton Portis (chest) was placed on injured reserve on Wednesday officially ending his season.
Portis out for Week 17
(12/27/2004) Clinton Portis will not play in Week 17 against the Vikings due to a torn pectoral muscle.
Portis has bruised chest
(12/27/2004) According to the Washington Post, Redskins RB Clinton Portis suffered a bruised chest in Week 16 against the Cowboys. Portis was asked about his availabilty for Week 17 against Minnesota, a game in which he could set the Redskins' single-season rushing record. "I hope [the injury is] not that serious, but who knows," Portis said. The record "would mean a lot but it ain't the end of the world. Records are made to be broken. If I don't do it, somebody else will do it. I had a golden opportunity, but God just didn't have it meant for me."
Portis rushes only 10 times
(12/27/2004) Clinton Portis left in the second half after receiving a chest bruise at Dallas Sunday. He finished with 10 carries for 32 yards.
Portis hits the century mark
(12/18/2004) Clinton Portis carried 35 times for 110 yards in Week 15 at San Francisco. He also had three receptions for 20 yards.
Portis runs for 80 yards, TD
(12/13/2004) Clinton Portis carried 23 times for 80 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14 against the Eagles. He also had four receptions for 22 yards.
Portis shreds Giants defense
(12/5/2004) Clinton Portis carried 31 times for 148 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Giants. He also had three receptions for 14 yards and a score.
Portis to start Sunday
(12/5/2004) Clinton Portis is expected to start against the Giants Sunday. The team plans to give him at least 30 carries.
Portis to be benched?
(12/2/2004) According to reports, Clinton Portis is not a lock to start in Week 13.
Little ground for Portis
(11/28/2004) Clinton Portis rushed six times for 17 yards in Week 12 against Pittsburgh.
Portis held in check Sunday
(11/21/2004) Clinton Portis rushed 17 times for 37 yards at Philadelphia Sunday.
Portis has 113 all-purpose yards
(11/14/2004) Clinton Portis had 17 carries for 81 yards in Week 10 against the Bengals. He also reeled in four receptions for 32 yards.
Portis does it all
(11/7/2004) Clinton Portis rushed 34 times for 147 yards in Week 9 at Detroit. He also threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Laveranues Coles and caught a pass for 11 yards.
Portis has solid half
(11/7/2004) Clinton Portis rushed for 80 yards in the first half of Sunday's game at Detroit.
24 touches for Portis
(10/31/2004) Clinton Portis had 17 carries for 70 yards in Week 8 against Green Bay. He also caught seven passes for 17 yards.
Portis rested for Bears
(10/27/2004) After rushing for a season-high 171 yards on 36 carries in Week 6, Clinton Portis is rested and ready to face the Packers. Portis is coming off a bye last week.
Portis rolls for 171 yards
(10/17/2004) Clinton Portis had 36 carries for a season-high 171 yards in Week 6 at Chicago. He also pulled down one reception for 11 yards.
Portis running wild
(10/17/2004) Clinton Portis has 103 yards in the first half of Week 6 against Chicago.
Portis leaves game briefly
(10/17/2004) Portis left Week 6 in the second quarter at Chicago due to an apparent neck injury, but was able to return.
Ravens bottle up Clinton Portis
(10/11/2004) Portis was held to 53 yards on 25 carries (2.1 yards per carry) in Week 5 against Baltimore. He also had a team-high four grabs for 16 yards.
Portis posts 58 yards, TD
(10/3/2004) Clinton Portis had 20 carries for only 58 yards in Week 4 at Cleveland, but he was able to find the end zone in the second quarter.
Portis finds end zone
(10/3/2004) Clinton Portis scored a 1-yard TD in the first half of Week 4.
(9/28/2004) Clinton Portis carried 23 times for 94 yards in Week 3 against the Cowboys, but he failed to get into the end zone on three carries inside the five-yard line.
Portis fumbles twice
(9/19/2004) Clinton Portis posted 98 all-purpose yards and one touchdown in Sunday's loss to the New York Giants, but he also lost two fumbles.
Portis has big game
(9/12/2004) Clinton Portis rushed for 148 yards with one touchdown in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
Portis breaks big one
(9/12/2004) Clinton Portis scored on a 64-yard run in the first quarter against Tampa Bay. He rushed for 105 yards in the first half.
Portis injury report false
(9/9/2004) Contrary to earlier reports, Clinton Portis has not suffered a significant injury and will not miss playing time.
Portis to get major carries
(8/26/2004) According to the Washington Post, Clinton Portis is expected to get the most rushing attempts in his career this season. When coach Joe Gibbs was asked for a ballpark figure for Portis' projected rushes this season, he responded: "I don't know. I'd say his tongue's going to be hanging out. Let's put it that way. I warned him."
Portis finds the end zone
(8/21/2004) Clinton Portis carried seven times for 37 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game at Miami.
Portis meets former mates
(8/9/2004) Clinton Portis (groin) was able to play in the early part of the first quarter against the Redskins in Monday's preseason game. He carried four times for 11 yards in his debut for Washington.
Portis cleared to practice
(8/8/2004) The Washington Times reports Clinton Portis has been dealing with a groin injury, but he was cleared by the training staff to practice on Saturday.
Portis agrees to huge deal
(3/1/2004) According to reports, Clinton Portis agreed Monday to an eight-year, $50.5 million deal with the Washington Redskins. The deal makes him the highest-paid running back in NFL history.
Portis headed to Washington
(3/1/2004) According to the Washington Post, Champ Bailey approved the Broncos contract offer and will sign Monday, completing the trade for Clinton Portis. The Broncos will also receive a second-round pick in the deal.
Portis headed to 'Skins?
(2/23/2004) According to the Denver Post, the Broncos and Washington Redskins are discussing a deal involving Clinton Portis and Champ Bailey.
Portis denies holdout rumor
(2/6/2004) According to the Rocky Mountain News, Clinton Portis has denied he would hold out if he doesn't get a new contract before training camp. "I never said that I wasn't coming to camp if my contract didn't get redone," Portis said. "I never said my contract was an issue."
Portis wants new contract
(2/5/2004) According to the Denver Post, Clinton Portis wants a new contract before the start of training camp. "I'm hoping the Broncos do work something out to where it doesn't go that far," Portis said. "I don't want to be a distraction to the team. I don't want it to come off as if it's I think I'm bigger than the team, because I don't."
Portis rushes for 68 yards
(1/5/2004) Clinton Portis (knee, ankle) rushed for 68 yards on 17 carries in Sunday's playoff loss to Indianapolis.
Portis healthy again
(12/30/2003) The Denver Post reports that Clinton Portis (ankle) declared himself 100 percent for the first round of the playoffs.
Portis inactive for Week 17
(12/29/2003) Clinton Portis (ankle, knee) was inactive in Week 17 at Green Bay.
Portis doubtful for Week 17
(12/24/2003) Clinton Portis (ankle) is doubtful for Sunday's game against Green Bay.
Portis might sit again
(12/22/2003) The Rocky Mountain News says the Broncos now have the luxury of sitting Clinton Portis (ankle, knee) in Week 17 because they have already clinched a playoff berth. "If he's ready to play, I'd like him to get some playing time. But it's a situation where if he can't go, he doesn't have to push himself off the wall and hurt himself," Mike Shanahan said.
Portis out for Week 16
(12/21/2003) Clinton Portis (ankle, knee) has been declared inactive for Sunday night's game at Indianapolis.
Portis not looking good
(12/21/2003) According to published reports, it appears unlikely that Clinton Portis (ankle, knee) will play on Sunday night.
Clinton Portis remains questionable
(12/19/2003) Portis remained questionable for the Broncos' game Sunday night in Indianapolis after skipping most of the team's practice Friday. Portis, who injured his right leg last week in the closing seconds of a 23-20 win over Cleveland, ran gingerly and caught a few passes during warmups, but did not take part in the remainder of the 75-minute workout.
Portis to practice Friday?
(12/18/2003) The Rocky Mountain News reports the Broncos are hopeful Clinton Portis (high ankle sprain) will be able to practice by Friday. "We play Sunday night, so there's a little extra preparation and recovery time," Mike Shanahan said."If he doesn't practice a certain amount, you question yourself on how many (snaps) you can give him. So there's a lot of questions that go into it."
Portis is feeling better
(12/17/2003) The Denver Post says Clinton Portis (high ankle sprain) was off crutches and walked without a limp on Tuesday. He is still listed as questionable for Week 16. "I'm feeling good," Portis said. "It's just day two of my rehab, and I don't have to be healthy until Sunday night. I would love to be on the field."
(12/16/2003) The Rocky Mountain News reports that Clinton Portis (ankle) felt better Monday when he left the team's facilities on crutches. He won't require surgery, but still might remain out for Sunday's game against Indianapolis. Mike Shanahan did not rule Portis out though. "I've seen ankle sprains where a guy comes back in three days," said Shanahan. "So you don't know until a guy actually goes out and works on it."
(12/15/2003) The team's official website reports Clinton Portis (ankle, knee) will have an MRI on Monday to determine the severity of his injuries. He had X-rays which came back negative. He injured on the last offensive play of overtime in Week 15 against Cleveland.
Portis leaves game in OT
(12/14/2003) Clinton Portis carried a career-high 38 times for 139 yards and two touchdowns in Week 15 against Cleveland, but he left on the last play of overtime with an apparent leg injury. He was helped off the field.
Portis has memorable afternoon
(12/8/2003) Clinton Portis put a smile on many Fantasy owners faces in Week 14 against Kansas City. He carried 22 times for 218 yards and five touchdowns, overshadowing all-everything Priest Holmes.
Portis scores two touchdowns
(12/7/2003) Clinton Portis carried 11 times for 30 yards and two touchdowns in Week 14 against the Chiefs. He also pulled down a reception for 30 yards.
Portis hangs 170 on Raiders
(11/30/2003) Clinton Portis (heel) carried 34 times for 170 yards and two touchdowns at Oakland in Week 13. He also had a reception for seven yards.
Portis ready to go
(11/28/2003) Clinton Portis told the Rocky Mountain News on Thursday a heel injury is no problem for him.
Portis questionable for Week 13
(11/24/2003) Clinton Portis periodically had to leave Sunday's game with a heel injury, according to the Denver Post. He is questionable for Week 13.
Portis goes for 106 yards
(11/16/2003) Clinton Portis carried 25 times for 106 yards in Week 11 against the Chargers.
Portis faces familiar opponent
(11/14/2003) Clinton Portis goes up against the 24th-ranked San Diego rush defense in Week 11. He has topped 100 yards in each of his past three games against the Chargers.
Portis runs for 111 yards
(11/4/2003) Clinton Portis carried 26 times for 111 yards and a touchdown in Week 9 against New England. He also pulled down four receptions for 20 yards.
Portis posts 115 all-purpose yards
(10/26/2003) Clinton Portis carried 22 times for 86 yards and he also pulled down six receptions for 29 yards in Week 8 at Baltimore.
Portis has rough half
(10/26/2003) Clinton Portis rushed for only 31 yards in the first half in Week 8.
Portis has another good outing
(10/19/2003) Clinton Portis rushed 25 times for 117 yards and a touchdown, and had three catches for 43 yards in Week 7.
Portis has quiet afternoon
(10/12/2003) Clinton Portis ran 15 times for 47 yards in Week 6 against Pittsburgh. He had five receptions for 26 yards, but also lost one fumble.
Portis is feeling fine
(10/6/2003) Clinton Portis did not speak of any residual effects from a chest injury after Sunday's game. "I didn't re-aggravate the injury. I didn't hobble off the field," Portis told the Rocky Mountain News. "I went out and played, and if it was going to happen, it was going to happen."
Portis sparkles in loss
(10/5/2003) Clinton Portis overcame a chest injury to total 220 yards from scrimmage in Week 5. He scored on a 65-yard run.
Portis ready to go in Week 5
(10/4/2003) Clinton Portis (chest) was able to practice again on Friday. He is expected to start Sunday's game at Kansas City.
Portis returns to practice
(10/3/2003) The Rocky Mountain News reports that Clinton Portis (chest) practiced on Thursday and Friday and should be able to play Sunday at Kansas City. "He said he felt pretty good," said Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan.
Portis practices on Wednesday
(10/1/2003) Clinton Portis (chest) was back at practice Wednesday. The team is still unsure if he will be able to play in Week 5 at Kansas City. He will test his injury in contact drills later this week.
Portis feeling much better
(9/29/2003) Clinton Portis (chest) said he felt much better after Sunday's game and he is expected to be at 100 percent for Week 5 at Kansas City.
Clinton Portis inactive
(9/28/2003) According to reports, Portis (chest) is inactive for Week 4 against Detroit.
Portis practices on Friday
(9/26/2003) Clinton Portis (chest) practiced Friday after missing the last two days. He is listed as questionable for Week 4 against Detroit. Portis will be a gametime decision.
Portis misses second day of practice
(9/26/2003) Clinton Portis (chest) missed a second straight day of practice Thursday and is unsure whether he will play Sunday against Detroit. "Hopefully, I'm playing because I don't want to miss a game for anything," he said. "I can take mental reps, this isn't my rookie year where I wouldn't know what to expect or wouldn't know how to perform if I didn't practice during the week. Then I couldn't go out and perform on Sunday, so I just need to be ready by Sunday -- that's my goal."
Portis might miss Week 4 game
(9/24/2003) Clinton Portis may not play this weekend against Detroit because of a chest injury. Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said he would likely hold Portis out of practice Wednesday and wasn't sure if he'd be ready to play against the Lions on Sunday.
Portis questionable for Week 4
(9/24/2003) Clinton Portis (chest) will be listed as questionable for Week 4 against Detroit, according to published reports. Drew Rosenhaus told the Rocky Mountain News Portis was feeling better on Tuesday and was planning to get treatment.
(9/22/2003) Clinton Portis (chest) was able to start, but he left in the second quarter of Monday's game against Oakland complaining of chest pain. He finished with 10 carries for 42 yards.
Portis expected to play
(9/16/2003) According to the Denver Post, Clinton Portis (bruised sternum) is expected to play in Week 3 against Oakland. He said he still felt soreness and pain Monday, but less than he expected. "He came in and said, 'Hey, I'm fine, I feel like I'm close to 100 percent, I'll be able to practice Wednesday full speed and take shots on Thursday,"' coach Mike Shanahan said.
Portis expects to play in Week 4
(9/15/2003) Clinton Portis (bruised sternum) is expected to practice this week. X-rays were negative on Sunday.
Portis tops 100-yard plateau
(9/14/2003) Clinton Portis rushed 12 times for 129 yards on Sunday at San Diego. He left the game in the first half due to a chest injury and he was unable to return.
Portis leaves Sunday's game
(9/14/2003) Clinton Portis left Sunday's game in the first half at San Diego due to chest injury.
Clinton Portis vs. Chargers
(9/11/2003) Portis had 159 yards and two scores in his last game at San Diego, his upcoming Week 2 opponent.
Portis battles Bengals
(9/4/2003) Clinton Portis and the Broncos face the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1. Portis finished the 2002 season with 228-yard, two-touchdown performance against Arizona.
Portis suffers bruised calf
(8/26/2003) Clinton Portis did not play in the second half of Monday's preseason game against the Colts due to a bruised calf. He finished the game with 13 carries for 49 yards.
Portis to catch more passes
(8/21/2003) The Rocky Mountain News reports the Broncos are making an effort to get Clinton Portis more involved in the passing game with screens and flares out of the backfield. "When people lock him up in man- to-man, we feel as good about that as any other matchup we've got on the field," offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak said. "So he's got to become more of a factor for us."
Portis survives minor scare
(8/12/2003) The reports Clinton Portis took a helmet to his left knee on Monday. He was able to return to practice after a brief examination.
(5/8/2003) Portis will attend minicamp, according to the Denver Post. However, there are reports that he is looking to "redo" his current contract. "Clinton will be there," Portis' agent, David Ware, said. "There was never any question at all that he would be at minicamp." Portis will remain one of the top running backs in Fantasy Football next season.
(4/11/2003) Portis is not attending the team's offseason workouts in Denver. According to the Rocky Mountain News, he is working out on his own in Miami with other former University of Miami players. Portis will be worth a first-round selection on Draft Day.
(12/30/2002) Portis played in Week 17. He ran for 226 yards and two TDs. Portis should be solid Fantasy running back next season.
(12/23/2002) Portis has a bruised kneecap. He is expected to play in Week 17.
(12/16/2002) Portis reportedly played with nausea on Sunday. The Rocky Mountain News said he played with a stomach-type flu in Week 15. Portis totaled four TDs despite the illness. Portis did fumble twice. "I knew I was sick, but I wouldn't tell the coaches. It was a big game and I wanted to play. I was going to go out and do everything I could," Portis said. He is not on the injury report for Week 16.
(12/15/2002) Portis rushed for a career-best three TDs in Week 15. His 66-yard TD reception gave him a total of four TDs. Portis is performing at an elite level at the most important time of the Fantasy schedule.
(12/12/2002) Portis is a quality running back for the Fantasy playoffs. He has four rushing TDs in his past three games.
(12/1/2002) Portis racked up 159 rushing yards and two touchdowns in Week 13. He is a quality No. 2 Fantasy running back in any league format, and will be very reliable during your postseason.
(11/25/2002) Portis scored two touchdowns in Week 12 against Indianapolis. He has emerged as a solid No. 2 Fantasy running back this season.
(11/21/2002) Portis is a quality start for Week 12. He has four TDs in his past three games and has emerged as a one of the best running backs in the AFC.
(11/14/2002) Portis is a good starting option for Week 11. He should do well against a Seahawks team that has an injury-depleted linebackers corps.
(11/4/2002) Portis is a must-start player in Week 10. He should find the end zone at least once against Oakland.
(10/27/2002) Portis rushed for 111 yards and two TDs in Week 8. He has become a must-start Fantasy RB in all scoring formats.
(10/25/2002) Portis is a good starting option for Week 8. He will face a New England team that has one of the worst run defenses in football.
(10/18/2002) Portis is a solid starting option in Week 7. He faces a Kansas City defense that is allowing an average of 32.2 points per game, so his chances for Fantasy success are good.
(10/8/2002) Portis is now Denver's official No. 1 back. The Rocky Mountain News says Mike Shanahan indicated that Portis' expanded role in Week 5 will now be the norm until further notice. Portis is a very good No. 2 Fantasy RB right now.
(10/6/2002) Portis appears to be the Broncos' No. 1 back now. He got the majority of the carries for Denver Sunday and should be considered a Fantasy starter. Portis gained 102 yards on 20 carries and had a touchdown reception.
(10/1/2002) Portis got the majority of the carries again in Week 4. He had 85 all-purpose yards, due mainly to the fact that Denver was trailing early in the game. Portis might be worth using as a No. 2 Fantasy running back when the matchup is right, especially since he appears to be the go-to guy in the Broncos' running game.
(9/22/2002) Portis put up solid numbers in Week 3. He rushed for 103 yards and scored a touchdown in Denver's 28-23 win. If Portis emerges as the regular starter, he will be a good No. 2 Fantasy running back.
(9/20/2002) Coach Mike Shanahan wants to bring Portis along slowly. "You don't want to throw too much at a young guy," Shanahan told The Denver Post. "Clinton is going to really help us this season. He has some explosiveness, some big-play capabilities. But sometimes when you overwork somebody too early, you put them in a situation to fail." Until Portis gets more carries, there is no reason to consider starting him on Fantasy teams.
(9/20/2002) Portis is not worth starting, but is a quality Fantasy reserve. The Broncos are currently using a running back-by-committee approach. Portis will only be worth starting if he proves himself reliable as the Broncos' starter.
(9/9/2002) Portis rushed for 34 yards on five carries on Sunday. The Broncos appear committed to using Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson often as well, which makes it difficult for Fantasy leaguers to depend on one back.
(9/4/2002) Portis and Olandis Gary are both listed as first-stringers. There is no telling which player will start on Sunday, and coach Mike Shanahan is unlikely to show his hand until gameday. This type of situation makes starting either back a gamble from a Fantasy perspective.
(9/3/2002) Portis will not start in Week 1. Olandis Gary has been given that spot, but Portis and Mike Anderson will both see plenty of time in the backfield. This situation makes it tough for Fantasy owners to start Portis with any confidence early in the season.
(8/30/2002) Portis looked great in Thursday's preseason game against Seattle. The rookie rushed for 62 yards and a touchdown. More importantly, he did not have one fumble in the contest. Coach Mike Shanahan hasn't made an official announcement, but Portis has to be considered the leading contender after his performance. Portis is worth an early-round selection.
(8/28/2002) Portis' status in Denver's backfield is in question. In fact, coach Mike Shanahan is not expected to name a starter anytime soon. "I'm not going to announce anything until the first game," Shanahan told the Rocky Mountain News. Shanahan is infamous for concealing his starters, which makes drafting Portis, Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson somewhat risky from a Fantasy perspetive.
(8/26/2002) Portis remains in the hunt for a starting job in Denver. The Denver Post reports that despite Portis' three fumbles in this past weekend's preseason game, he is still in the running for the starting tailback job. However, he will need to reduce his fumbling problems if he is going to hold off Olandis Gary for the job or keep Mike Anderson from stealing a significant number of carries from him. Portis still has the most upside of the Broncos' running backs, but he's not a worthy starting option in Fantasy leagues until he gets over these issues and wins the starting job.
(8/25/2002) Portis hurt his chances of being Denver's featured back on Saturday. He started the game over Olandis Gary and rushed for 62 yards on 11 carries, but Portis also coughed up the ball three times. Portis, who had trouble holding onto the ball in college, must improve that aspect of his game in order to secure the starting job. He is still worth an early-round selection, but Portis is no longer a lock to be Denver's No. 1 back.
(8/23/2002) Portis might be the starting running back in the season opener. The Rocky Mountain News reports that Portis appears to have an edge over Olandis Gary, who is also being considered for the job. Rate Portis ahead of Gary in your draft depth charts for now, but monitor this situation. Portis will be worth a second or third-round pick if he captures the starting job.
(8/20/2002) Portis was impressive on Monday night vs. San Francisco. He rushed for 43 yards on 11 carries and scored the game's lone touchdown. His Fantasy stock continues to rise, especially when you consider Olandis Gary's lack of production during the preseason.
(8/18/2002) Expect Portis to now make a serious bid for Denver's starting RB job. With Terrell Davis' career coming to an unfortunate and apparent end, he has a chance to earn a lot of playing time in the Denver backfield. Olandis Gary is currently listed as the Broncos' No. 1 RB, but Portis has shown a lot of promise during the preseason, and he is a good middle-round Fantasy pick.
(8/14/2002) Portis (foot) returned to practice on Tuesday. He is taking reps with the first-team offense along with Olandis Gary, and has seen a great increase in his Fantasy value in recent days.
(8/13/2002) Portis has moved ahead of Terrell Davis on the depth chart. He will compete with Olandis Gary for the starting job during the remainder of training camp. If Portis beats out his veteran counterpart, he will instantly become a very valuable player for Fantasy owners. Portis is dealing with a slight foot injury, but it isn't considered serious.
(8/11/2002) Portis rushed for 57 yards on 13 carries on Saturday. He also lost a fumble. Portis has good vision and acceleration, and he might emerge as Denver's top back if Terrell Davis continues to have knee problems and he can hold onto the ball consistently. Consider Portis as a middle-round pick.
(8/6/2002) Portis left Monday morning's practice with a knee injury. He returned to practice in the afternoon session.
(7/30/2002) Portis has impressed the Broncos with his speed and overall ability. This might eventually translate into a job as a backup. A backup job might not seem like much, but it will definitely make him worth drafting in the later rounds as insurance for injury prone starter Terrell Davis. "A lot of times a back will have speed and quickness, but they don't like to block," coach Mike Shanahan told The Denver Post. "The thing that really impressed us when Clinton was in college is that he blocked those defensive ends and linebackers like a guy weighing 220, 230 pounds. We look at him as a complete player."