Tag:Clinton Portis
Posted on: November 13, 2010 10:33 pm
 

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part IV

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers at Buccaneers

Tampa Bay center Jeff Faine, who’s missed the past four games, badly wants to get back into action after dealing with a quadriceps injury, while T Jeremy Trueblood (out the past two contests with a knee) looks to return as well. Both are questionable and game-time decisions.

Faine had full participation in all three practices this week, while Trueblood was full-go for two of them, but Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris wants to see how they look in pregame warmups before giving them the go-ahead.

For Carolina, RBs Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and DeAngelo Williams (foot) are out and won’t play. So that’s, you know, not a great sign for the Panthers. LB Nic Harris, meanwhile, is probable.

Lions at Bills

It looks like QB Shaun Hill will get the chance to replace the injured Matthew Stafford for the second time this season. Hill, who broke his forearm the first time he took over the Detroit offense this year, is probable to make his return to the game. Among the questionables for the Lions: DE Cliff Avril, S C.C. Brown, CB Chris Houston and CB Alphonso Smith.

Also, K Jason Hanson is out, and in response this week, Detroit signed Dave Rayner. Which is unfortunate, because I think all of us would have liked to see Ndamukong Suh take another crack at kicking point after attempts and field goals.

Three players Buffalo really could use this week are out, including LB Andra Davis, LB Shawne Merriman, and WR Roscoe Parrish.

Eagles at Redskins

There are seven Washington players on the injury report. All of them are questionable. They include OT Stephon Heyer, S LaRon Landry  QB Donovan McNabb, LB Brian Orakpo, WR Brandon Banks, RB Clinton Portis, and RB Ryan Torain.

Of those seven, Portis won’t play but Torain will, along with McNabb. A decision about Banks will be made gametime. The Redskins would like to have him back, because he’s been so good as a return specialist.

Eagles G Max Jean-Gilles, who’s been feeling the effects of a concussion, was cleared to play today. He remains questionable, though, on the injury report. Meanwhile, G Nick Cole is probable, and coach Andy Reid hasn’t determined who will start between the two of them.

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 7:03 pm
 

Portis rocks Phils hat before Skins play Eagles

Posted by Will Brinson

Any time someone like Tom Brady (a guy who epitomizes a certain region) wears the hat of an opposing region's baseball (or whatever -- think Yankees in the case of Brady) team, fans get upset. So, naturally, Redskins fans were just THRILLED when Clinton Portis wore this Thursday:



Yes, that is a Phillies hat. Is it offensive because Redskins fans are so impassioned with the Washington Nationals that they can't stand a 'Skins player rooting for another NL East team? Not so much.

Is it offensive to Redskins fans because the Redskins are playing the very hated Philadelphia Eagles this week? Absolutely.

Now, I'm a Carolina Panthers fan, so I don't really have a ton of knowledge as to how this would feel -- there's not really an equivalent around here since baseball is apparently too good for the Carolinas, the big jerks.

So I started thinking about what would happen if Jimmy Clausen wore a New Orleans Hornets hat the week before the Panthers played the Saints, and I started getting angry. But that may just have been a normal reaction, so don't read too much into it.

Portis, for his part, claims that it "matched his hoodie" (it does) but, seriously, Clinton? Just go buy a Nats hat.

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Posted on: November 10, 2010 8:53 am
 

Hot Routes 11.10.10: Where Rivers rates all-time

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Speaking of Brady, all the chatter about the Patriots without Randy Moss has revolved around how much better they are (even the loss to the Browns was a "trap game"). But what if Tom Brady isn't as dangerous without Moss? Because the stats show he hasn't been as effective since his deep threat left.
  • The message that Tom Cable is preaching to the Raiders in order to inspire success? "Cut it loose." Am I the only one who pictures him doing the Uncle Joey "Cut-it-out!" move while saying this? Because it's like way more enjoyable to think about.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 4:28 pm
 

Portis back at practice

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Aside from the spectacle of former No. 1 bust JaMarcus Russell working out for the Redskins, the team actually watched a relevant member of the team walk back into practice today.

As the Washington Post points out, RB Clinton Portis, who’s been out with a groin injury, practiced for the first time since Oct. 3.

"He took a few plays today, which is a good sign," coach Mike Shanahan told reporters. "I can't tell you if he's 60 percent, 70 percent, but he's biting at the bit to get back, which is a good sign. Hopefully, he'll keep on improving over the bye week."

Portis will continue to work out during the team’s week off and will try to be back for the Nov. 15 game vs. the Eagles. Even so, don't look for him to take away the starting job of Ryan Torain.

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Posted on: November 2, 2010 3:29 pm
 

Top Ten With a Twist: New Faces

L. Tomlinson has been one of the most impressive players in the NFL this season (Getty).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Some arrived via free agency. Some were left on the garbage pile and only had one or two teams show interest. Some didn’t have much of a choice if they wanted to continue playing NFL football. And some were highly-touted rookies who commanded humongous signing bonuses and who have lived up to their end of the bargain.

Today, we spotlight the top-10 players who are performing brilliantly in their first year with a new team. We’re talking about rookies, we’re talking about free agents, we’re talking about those whose careers were left for dead.

All of the following have impacted their new teams in many ways and all have made the front offices who signed them seem clairvoyant in the process (though, in the case of a couple players, the decision to add them wasn’t exactly brain surgery). So, here’s to those who have found a new lease on life (or a new burgeoning career) with their new team.

10. Jason Babin, DE, Titans: The career-high sack total for Babin, a seven-year veteran, was five coming into this season – set in 2006 while in Houston. This year, through eight games, he’s got seven. So, what happened this season, especially after recording just 16 tackles and 2.5 sacks last year with the Eagles? According to Babin, it’s just been a matter of getting more playing time. OK, if you say so.

9. Colt McCoy, QB, Browns: Aside from any rookie QB not named Sam Bradford, McCoy has done pretty darn well as a first-year signal-caller. He’s only played the past two games for Cleveland, but he’s hitting 63.5 percent of his passes for a touchdown, two picks and a QB rating of 76.5. OK, he’s not great, but he’s been light years ahead of Jimmy Clausen and Max Hall. Plus, he’s coming off a win against the Saints.

8. Terrell Owens, WR, Bengals: You still have to take the good with the bad when it comes to Owens. He’s the kind of player who, often times, doesn’t put out special effort to knock down a bad pass so the opponent doesn’t pick it (this happened at least twice last week), but he’s also still the kind of player who can rack up a team-leading 45 catches for 629 yards and five touchdowns. Ultimately, it was probably the right move for Cincinnati to sign him. In three weeks, though, that might not be the case.

7. Maurkice Pouncey, C, Steelers: Pittsburgh’s first-round pick beat out Justin Hartwig at the beginning of the season for the starting center role, and Pouncey has performed well thus far. He’s really helped glue together a Steelers offensive line that had major questions raised about it coming into the season.N. Suh has begun to dominate the opponent's offensive line for Detroit (Getty).

6. Dez Bryant, WR/PR, Cowboys: One of the bright spots in Dallas this year. We knew Bryant was going to be a good one, and he has not disappointed, catching 29 passes for 349 yards for three touchdowns (Roy Williams, by the way, is 22 for 327 and five, respectively). But he’s been downright electric while fielding kicks, returning two punts for touchdowns and averaging 16.5 yards per punt, second in the NFL for those who have at least 10 returns.

5. Thomas Jones/Ryan Torain/Peyton Hillis, RBs, Chiefs/Redskins/Browns: Yes, I’m cheating a bit here, listing three players in one spot, but that doesn’t take away from how well these guys have played – and how unexpected their production has been. The Jets figured they didn’t need Jones any more, but he’s rushed for 538 yards through seven games with the Chiefs. Torain has replaced Clinton Portis pretty well, and Hillis (460 yards, five touchdowns) has been the biggest surprise at all (he certainly has surprised Denver coach Josh McDaniels, who let go of Hillis after last season).

4. Brandon Marshall, WR, Dolphins: Marshall has typical diva receiver tendencies, but he’s been one of the best players in the league so far this season. After Marshall was traded away from Denver (ahem, McDaniels), he’s done nothing but produce in Miami, ranking fourth in the league with 47 catches for 588 yards. The one disappointing stat: he’s only recorded one touchdown.

3. Earl Thomas (Seahawks)/T.J. Ward/Ndamukong Suh, S/S/DT, Seahawks/Browns/Lion: Sigh, again I’m cheating. But considering all these first-year players are vying for defensive rookie of the year honors, it makes sense to lump them all together. Thomas has proven that he’s one of the most instinctual players in the league with four interceptions, tied for third-best in the NFL. Ward took some heat for the nasty hit he put on Cincinnati’s Jordan Shipley, but his big-hit ability has helped lead him to 60 tackles (fourth-most among safeties). And Suh is living up to his lofty billing, blowing up interior offensive linemen and recording 6.5 sacks. He’s going to be a monster for as long as he steps on the field.

2. Sam Bradford, QB, Rams: I’m not sure most of us could have expected Bradford, the No. 1 pick from last year’s Draft, to play so well a mere eight games into this pro career. He’s completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,674 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. The numbers don’t look fantastic, but you have to take into account his poise and his savvy and the fact he doesn’t have a big-name receiver upon whom he can lean. Plus, he’s got the Rams, one of the worst NFL teams coming into the season, at the 4-4 mark. He has been pretty outstanding. Not bad considering he missed most of last year at Oklahoma with the shoulder injury.

1. LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Jets: Somehow, Tomlinson has found the fountain of youth. It wasn’t in San Diego apparently. Perhaps it was in New Jersey the whole time. On the season, Tomlinson has gained 544 yards and five touchdowns and has taken Shonn Greene’s job away from him. He has been perhaps the most surprising player in the league this year. He’s definitely been the No. 1 new face.

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Posted on: October 27, 2010 6:50 pm
 

Portis still a ways away from returning

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Don’t expect RB Clinton Portis to be back in a Redskins uniform during the next few weeks.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Portis, who has begun to run during his rehabilitation process, is at least two weeks away from seriously testing his groin to see if he can play.

According to the Washington Post’s math, that means Portis might not be available until the Nov. 21 game at Tennessee.

"It's still going to be, for sure, a couple of weeks. It takes some time," Shanahan said. "With a third degree separation, you don't want to push it too hard. We just kind of have to wait and see. To me, it'll be a minimum of two weeks before he's able to even push it."

And with the way backup Ryan Torain is playing (335 yards and three touchdowns in his past four games), there’s no real reason to force Portis back before he’s ready. Plus, there was the whole thing about how Torain was going to take Portis’ starting spot anyway.

So yeah, Clinton, take your time. Your presence, for now, is not required.

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 12:41 pm
 

Portis hopes he can return in a Redskins uni

C. Portis can't do much dancing with an injured groin (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It seems like every week we link to something Redskins RB Clinton Portis says on his weekly radio spot with 106.7 The Fan's The Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner. He’s funny and controversial, and that’s why he always seem to find a place on the blog on Tuesdays.

Today, he dropped a hint that he might not be with the Redskins long enough to break the franchise rushing record.

"I'm gonna be running the ball again this year," Portis said, according to the Washington Post. "Now, I can't control what kind of uniform it's in. But I would hope it's in the Redskins' uniform.

"But I got no doubt that I'll recover from this injury and I'll be back out to help my teammates. Unless something miraculous or something crazy happens, knock on wood. But just as far as this groin injury and me coming back to the game of football, I think I'll be fine."

Portis needs 680 yards to break the club mark set by John Riggins (7,472 yards). In his career, Portis has gained 9,891 yards.

"There's a lot of motivation to get back in there and hit 10,000," Portis said. "You don't come this close to drop me off here. I think for myself, I'll be there, man. It's no ifs ands or buts about it...I wanted Emmitt Smith numbers. Now, just being able to get 10,000 and join elite company would be a great [accomplishment], so I'm looking forward to it."

While his optimism is great, the Post and CSN Washington have predicted that Portis has played his last game with the Redskins. And it sounds like Portis isn’t too sure himself.

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 10:31 am
 

Hot Routes: Could Devin Hester play quarterback?


Posted by Will Brinson 

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  • Todd Collins is starting and Caleb Hanie is the backup for the Bears on Sunday, but they also have a super-secret "emergency" plan, and will list someone as a third quarterback in the event that both those guys are sucked into the concussion vacuum that is the Bears' offensive line. "I'll just say without going into that and giving away too much more about our game plan, we have a guy in mind, maybe a couple of guys in mind, if we get down to No. 3," Lovie Smith said. So who is it, you wonder?  Apparently either Devin Hester or Matt Forte, which is actually way scarier than Collins or Hanie -- either/or would play the wildcat the entire game
  • Could Aaron Hernandez lead the Pats in the receiving the rest of the way? Sure -- Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston notes that only 36 percent of the Patriots snaps this season have been in "pure three- or four-receiver packages," whereas they ran nearly 56 percent in those sets last year. In other words, the team was moving towards utilizing their young tight ends even before trading Moss.
  • What one word would you use to describe Danny Amendola? (Note: please don't say "Welker.") Because the rest of the Rams would say stuff like "fiesty," "electric," "quick," "tenacious," and "energetic." David Eckstein is a huge fan, duh.
  • It's 2010 and athletes announce stuff on Twitter, so it should be no surprise that Chad Hall dropped his promotion off the Eagles practice squad vis-a-vis social media.
 
 
 
 
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