Posted by Andy Benoit
Clinton Portis’ Redskins career may be over. According to multiple media outlets, the nine-year veteran running back was placed on Injured Reserve Wednesday. Portis re-aggravated his groin injury this past Sunday after missing the previous five games.
This news comes as a mild surprise only because some suspected Portis would play in Week 12 after an MRI earlier in the week reportedly revealed no new damage to the groin. But the fact that Washington would make this move despite Ryan Torain being less than 100 percent suggests Portis’ health is worse than outsiders figure.
Portis is an aging, injury-prone runner who has taken some 2,500 hits in his career. He’s due over $8 million in 2011. It’s possible he could remain in Washington only because he is close to Dan Snyder. But the Redskins learned this year with Willie Parker and Larry Johnson that once a runner hits a wall, there’s no salvaging his career.
UPDATE 5:20 p.m. ET: Portis' injury is actually a torn lower abdominal muscle, just above the groin he tore in Week 4. Dr. James Andrews told Portis he'd need surgery. It's very possible that the groin injury and abdominal injury are related. Portis admitted to not being 100 percent when he took the field against the Titans in Week 11. He played because, with the Redskins backfield being short-handed, he felt he owed it to the team.
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