Tag:Clinton Portis
Posted on: December 30, 2010 3:22 pm
 

Hot Routes 12.30.10 who will admit they'll rest?

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Saints wideout Marques Colston had an arthroscopic procedure done on his right knee Tuesday. He’s had a history of issues with his left knee. The Saints are saying he is questionable for this Sunday against the Bucs.


Clinton Portis thinks he can still be an elite running back. (They all do.)


No surprise here: Chad Ochocinco is expected to sit out the Bengals’ season finale.

We’re refusing to write yet another article on which Niners QB gets the start, which is why we’re passing along the news in Hot Routes this time. (This week’s starting QB will be Alex Smith.)


John Harbaugh says he’ll likely keep his starters on the field against the Bengals. The Ravens can still win the AFC North if the Browns somehow upset the Steelers. Both of these games will be played at 1:00.


Speculation about John Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, joining the 49ers is continuing to heat up.


Devin Hester hopes to keep the Packers out of the playoffs. He says they’re a good team and he’d hate to face them three times in one year.


Is Tuesday night football in the NFL’s future? The ratings for the Vikings-Eagles game were huge (23.7 million viewers).


If the Seahawks win Sunday and make the playoffs, they’ll cost themselves about 10 spots in the 2011 Draft.


Giants Pro Bowl guard Chris Snee is defending his head coach/father-in-law.


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Posted on: December 21, 2010 11:19 pm
 

Portis says Redskins are playing 'scared'

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite the fact he’s on the IR list and done playing for the season, Redskins RB Clinton Portis still continues to check in with 106.7 The Fan's The Mike Wise Show With Holden Kushner for his weekly segment.

Usually, he says something somewhat controversial, and today was no exception.

Portis Via the Washington Post, Portis said that without Donovan McNabb in the lineup, the Redskins are playing “scared.” That’s because, as Portis puts it, players see the benching of McNabb and realize if it can happen to him, it can happen to them as well.

"In the locker room, I think that (the McNabb benching) would scare a lot of guys," Portis said. "That Donovan McNabb, who has done so much in the NFL, gets benched. I think it becomes a thing in the locker room like, 'Man, if they bench Donovan, anybody can be benched. Or am I next, or what's next?' And I think guys start playing for safety.

"That's really been a big part of the problem around here. People start playing for safety. So it's like, 'I gotta play safe and sound, instead of going out on the limb and making plays.' It's like, 'How do you do what they say? I don't want to be outside the box. I want to do everything I possibly could to save myself.' Instead of just laying on the line. ... If they done with you, it ain't much you can do."

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Posted on: November 27, 2010 6:29 pm
 

Week 12 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Vikings at Redskins

Two of Minnesota’s top receivers, Sidney Rice and Bernard Berrian, are questionable. It looks like Rice will play, while Berrian will be a gametime decision. Rice returned last week to play in his first game this season, and he didn’t appear to have any complications with his hip. Meanwhile, Berrian has missed the past two weeks with a bad groin, and he missed practice Thursday (he was limited Wednesday and Friday).

Washington will be without RBs Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis – the former is out this week, and the latter was placed on IR this week – so Keiland Williams will get the start and will be backed up by James Davis.

Making matters (potentially) worse, No. 1 WR Santana Moss is questionable with a knee injury. Coach Mike Shanahan held him out of practice Thursday and then said he felt better Friday. He’ll still be a game-time decision, though.

Eagles at Bears

The big loss to Philadelphia is that CB Asante Samuel, who originally was listed as questionable, has been downgraded to out for Sunday’s game. Samuel was trying to shake off a sprained MCL, and earlier in the week, he talked about trying to play. But he missed all three practices this week and was ruled out today. Look for Joselio Hanson to take his place in the starting lineup.

The Bears have nobody listed on their injury report. Which seems kind of amazing. But true.

Packers at Falcons


Atlanta DE John Abraham, after missing last week with a groin injury, is questionable this week. If he doesn’t play, the Falcons should be OK in the run defense game (Atlanta ranks sixth in the NFL, while Green Bay’s running game is No. 21), but Abraham’s pass-rushing ability surely would help against Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. Abraham, in his 11th season, is having a solid year, recording eight sacks.

Of the nine Packers on the injury, seven – including WR Donald Driver, LB Clay Matthews and CB Charles Woodson – are probable. Green Bay is a little beat up, though, in the secondary. Atari Bigby is out, and S Anthony Smith is doubtful with an ankle.

Buccaneers at Ravens

G Chris Chester, who missed last week with a bad case of cellulitis, is questionable and still could play. One reason Baltimore might not need to rush him back: Tony Moll was adequate while replacing Chester at right guard last week. Although Chester didn’t practice at all this week, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said that wouldn’t necessarily preclude him from playing if he’s healthy enough.

Backup S Tom Zbikowski is listed as questionable with a heel, but with Ed Reed healthy, his absence isn’t as big a deal.

Tampa Bay should be relatively healthy. Four of the five players listed on the injury are probable (DE Kyle Moore is definitely out).

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Posted on: November 24, 2010 11:29 am
Edited on: November 24, 2010 5:19 pm
 

Clinton Portis headed to Injured Reserve

Posted by Andy BenoitC. Portis

Clinton PortisRedskins 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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Posted on: November 21, 2010 11:41 am
 

NFC Inactives, Week 11

Posted by Will Brinson

As always, we list the big name ACTIVES up top: Donald Driver, WR, Packers; Bernard Berrian, WR, Vikings, Darnell Dockett, Cardinals; Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals, Clinton Portis, RB, Redskins

And INACTIVES right here:

Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers -- Stewart's out (concussion) and so is DeAngelo Williams, which means it's the Mike Goodson party against Baltimore. Somehow the Ravens aren't favored by more than two touchdowns yet.

Kevin Smith, RB, Lions -- Smith is actually on IR, so he's done for the year now.

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Panthers -- Clausen also suffered a concussion and won't play. Brian St. Pierre, away!

Brandon LaFell, WR, Panthers -- New Mad Lib game: _____ of the Panthers suffered a concussion Sunday.

LaRod Stephens-Howling, RB/KR, Cardinals: You probably shouldn't be starting their defense on your fantasy team. Unless it's bonuses for negative points.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 10:30 am
Edited on: November 21, 2010 11:21 am
 

Report: Portis starting; Landry, Rogers out

Posted by Will Brinson

The already suspect Redskins secondary (you may recall something last week about giving up passing yards to this Michael Vick fella) will be hurting even more on Sunday, as both LaRon Landry and Carlos Rogers are out for Washington's game in Tennessee.

Chris Johnson is the biggest gamechanger for the Titans, of course, but this could mean a big day for Vince Young and possibly result in Randy Moss finally getting on track with his new(est) team.

For the Redskins offense, they'll be missing Ryan Torain but Clinton Portis will reportedly (according to Adam Schefter of ESPN) return to the field and make a start for Washington.

Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in D.C. says the decision for Landry and Rogers to sit was made "much earlier in the week than yesterday" but kept secret in order to maintain a competitive advantage for Washington.

But a quick in team passing defenses for the season shows that for Washington -- who ranks next-to-last in the NFL, ahead of only the matador-like Houston Texans -- it really might not matter who they put back there.

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Posted on: November 20, 2010 6:01 pm
Edited on: November 20, 2010 9:20 pm
 

Week 11 injury report analysis Part III

Posted by Andy Benoit

Packers @ Vikings

Brett Favre has a shoulder/ankle/elbow/chin/and probably something else, but he’s listed as probable and is 99.9999 percent certain to go. He’ll have his best receiver, Percy Harvin (ankle) available, and he’s also getting his former best receiver, Sidney Rice, back from hip surgery. No. 3 wideout BernardR. Bush (US Presswire) Berrian, however, is questionable with a groin injury. C John Sullivan (elbow) and G Anthony Herrera (calf) are both questionable, which is a problem given how slipshod the Vikings offensive line is on the outside.

For the Packers, the injury storm seems to be abating (either that or everyone has gone to IR already). WR Donald Driver (quad) and DL Ryan Pickett (ankle) aren’t expected to return yet, but the rest of the lineup is healthy.

Seahawks @ Saints

Reggie Bush (fibula) is likely back and eager to stick it to his former USC coach. Starting RB Pierre Thomas (ankle) is still out, though. It’s starting to seem unlikely that Thomas will return at all in 2010. TE Jeremy Shockey is out with a rib injury, and FS Darren Sharper won’t play due to a bad hamstring. That’s noteworthy because Sharper’s replacement, rising first-rounder Malcom Jenkins, is questionable with a neck. Rookie CB Patrick Robinson is also questionable (ankle); Sean Payton will make a decision on him just before kickoff.

Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck has a crack in his non-throwing wrist. He’ll play, but he won’t get to throw to Brandon Stokley (calf) or Golden Tate (ankle).

Redskins @ Titans

CB DeAngelo Hall does not have a hamstring injury, though expect that to change if Randy Moss beats him on a deep route. RB Ryan Torain DOES have a hamstring injury and won’t play. Fortunately, Clinton Portis is back after missing five games with a bad groin. Portis may not have RG Artis Hicks (thigh) to run behind, but Hicks is probably on the cusp of losing his starting job anyway. S LaRon Landry (Achilles) and CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring) are questionable.

The Titans are still without Kenny Britt (why do you think they signed Moss?) and they’ll play without TE Craig Stevens (knee scope) for the next few weeks. QB Kerry Collins (calf) is doubtful, which means Jeff Fisher avoids having to make a tough call on Vince Young. CB Vincent Fuller did not practice due to a hamstring injury.

UPDATE 9:20 p.m. ET: Landry and Rogers are both out for the Redskins.

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Posted on: November 19, 2010 3:24 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 3:35 pm
 

Redskins gain a running back but lose another

Posted by Andy Benoit

Good news and bad news for the Redskins backfield. The good news is, Clinton Portis is back after missing the past five games with a groin injury. The bad news is, Portis’ replacement (both injury replacement and, likely, long-term replacement) Ryan Torain is out with a hamstring injury. Torain missed the beatdown from the Eagles after re-tweaking his hamstring in pregame warmups.

Nobody noticed, but Keiland Williams actually wound up rushing for over 100 yards against Philadelphia, so it’s possible that Portis could be returning in a backup role against the Titans this Sunday. But the more likely scenario is that the bruising veteran will start and see 12-18 carries.

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