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Clinton Portis may miss time with injury


Clinton Portis was unable to finish what he started in Sunday’s 17-12 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving the game with a groin injury. Portis, 29 years old, who was having his best game of the season, told Mike Wise on WJFK that he doesn’t plan on being able to play this upcoming Sunday.

Without Portis, the ‘Skins running game falls squarely on the shoulders of running back,  Ryan Torain. Torain rushed for a physical 70 yards on 18 carries against the Eagles’ defense so Portis’ injury may be a blessing in disguise.

Portis has shown he can still play but does he have that same explosiveness that Torain showed on the touchdown run when he ran over an Eagles’ defender like a bowling pin? With Portis out or even hampered by injury, Ryan will be getting the increased workload and by the looks of it, he can handle it.

I certainly like a Portis-Torain committee more than the Portis-Larry Johnson committee that was an ancient tandem in today’s NFL. Torain, 24 years old, is just beginning to show his potential.

‘Skins notes: DC’ers love their ‘Skins. Stats were released and according to the NFL the McNabb vs. Vick game last Sunday was the second most watched Redskins game since 2008 second only to this year’s opening night game against the Dallas Cowboys. The rating revealed that 57 percent of people in the area tuned in to the game.

The game broke national records as well. According to the league, the game had the highest rating for a Sunday NFL Week 4 game ever.

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Based in Washington, D.C. Michael Hoffman has covered D.C. sports for numerous publications and is the Washington Redskins columnist and Washington Capitals columnist for Examiner.com. Hoffman is also an NFL and NHL contributor to Sports Climax.

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NFL season ending injuries stacking up


The NFL is just one week into its 2010 season, and yet the list of players already placed on injured reserve or out indefinitely is substantial. 

Packers star running back Ryan Grant is done for the year with torn ankle ligaments, Jets defensive tackle Kris Jenkins saw his season end due to a torn his ACL for the second consecutive season, Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb is out indefinitely with a concussion and the Lions number one overall pick from 2009, quarterback Matthew Stafford, is out four to six weeks with an injured shoulder.  Oh yeah, and Colts Pro Bowl safety Bob Sanders is also out indefinitely with a torn bicep muscle.

And that’s just the big names

The Eagles, Giants Bears and Broncos all suffered injuries to key starters.  The week two NFL injury report might as well be named “The Walking Wounded.”  Fantasy owners everywhere are scrambling to find replacements even before the leaves have changed colors.  So what’s different this year?

While one factor remains constant – the league is filled with stronger and faster players, resulting in harder collisions – the other is a new phenomenon.  While NFL teams continue to play at least four preseason games each year, teams now do not play their key players as much (particularly in the last game before the regular season starts). 

This is a perfectly logical move – who wants to run the risk of a key starter being lost for the season in an exhibition game?  However, this decrease in game action has led to more injuries in week one, when players suddenly go full-force.  But there is a bigger problem looming.

Should the NFL owners approve Commissioner Roger Goodell’s proposal to extend the season to 18-games beginning in 2012, players would then have two less preseason games to get in shape, and two more regular season games.  That’s two more opportunities for players to endure more physical punishment.  While this also gives two more opportunities for both players and owners to make more money, it could be a recipe for disaster. 

Ironically, this increase in injuries so early in the season has actually given the NFL Players Association some leverage in their upcoming negotiations with the owners regarding the expiring collective bargaining agreement.

Two additional games may not seem like a lot, but it’s a 12.5% increase in both the amount of football played and the likelihood of additional injuries.  And let’s not forget the increased risk of future physical ailments and complications.  Remember the “Real Sports” piece on former Houston Oilers great Earl Campbell?

Look, I’d love to see additional football as much as the next fan.  But extending the season is not the right move.  An 18-game season would lead to extended rosters (i.e., more jobs) and higher salaries, but it is not worth the physical cost.  Don’t believe so?  Just see the NFLPA’s own research, which shows that in the past three years, an average of 423 players have been put on IR.

At this rate, expect that number to increase after 2010.

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Chris Lardieri covers the Los Angeles Dodgers for Examiner.com and has written about Major League Baseball for Inside Edge, a scouting company that provides content to ESPN Insider and Yahoo Sports. He previously wrote for 1766, the Rutgers Alumni Magazine, and popular blog, ‘The Outer Loop’.  Be sure to follow Chris on Twitter for more MLB and sports observations.

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NFL preseason injuries piling up


With the preseason kickoff literally days away, many NFL teams have been bitten by the injury bug during this year’s camp.  When the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals start things off on Sunday night, the ‘Boys will be doing it without an integral part of their future. 

The Cowboys were the first NFL team to begin training camp and they were also the first to suffer a significant injury when rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant went down with a high ankle sprain on July 30th. Bryant, an Oklahoma State product, was drafted twenty-fourth overall and has drawn comparisons to Terrell Owens who was signed by the Bengals as a free agent.

Bryant who drew criticism for not carrying veteran Roy Williams’ pads in the ongoing NFL rookie ritual, was awarded jersey No. 88 the day after he signed with the Cowboys.  That number carries a lot of responsibility in Dallas as it was the jersey worn by legend Drew Pearson and eventual Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. Bryant is expected to remain on the sidelines for about six weeks, taking him out of preseason play and jeopardizing his ability to see action in the first game of the regular season. 

The Denver Broncos have been hit especially hard throughout camp including the injury of running back Knowshon Moreno.  Moreno was injured early and is expected to miss the rest of training camp and preseason play.

Joining Moreno is Elvis Dumervil who has been sidelined with an injured chest muscle.  Dumervil was the leader last season in sacks and was awarded for his efforts last month with a five year contract valued at just over $58 million dollars.  The contract is a record for his position as it offers just over $43 million in guarantees. 

Sources indicate that Dumervil may be out for five months, meaning it is likely he will miss the entire season.  Add to this dilemma the fact that Darrell Reid remains injured and has not yet participated in training camp and the Broncos are without a proven pass rusher as they enter preseason play.

There’s bad news for the Green Bay Packers too. Safety and four-year veteran Atari Bigby will need arthroscopic ankle surgery and will have the procedure on Friday.  Bigby is confident that he will not miss a significant amount of playing time but Packers Coach Mike McCarthy would not comment about a possible time table for a return. 

Staying in the NFC North, Detroit was riding high just days ago after the signing of second overall pick Ndamukong Suh.  With news that safety Louis Delmas has a lingering groin injury the celebration has become a bit more conservative as the severity of the injury remains a question mark to the Lions.

Delmas is a big piece of the puzzle for a Lions team that hopes to improve dramatically on the defensive side of the ball. Though Delmas admits that surgery has been discussed he is adamant that it is not the option he expects saying this on his Twitter account:

@LouisD_26 I am not having a season ending surgery dont believe everything you hear… click here to read more . . .

The Washington Redskins remain hopeful that Albert Haynesworth will be at full strength soon but he has not participated in training camp due to his inability to pass the required conditioning test.  The test was required for Haynesworth after he sat out on the mandatory mini-camp in June due to personal objections with new coach Mike Shanahan’s direction of the defense.

Haynesworth first failed the test on July 29th and 30th before sitting out the next two days and attempting it again on Monday before quitting due to knee stiffness.  Haynesworth has not attempted the test since Monday and an MRI was conducted that revealed no structural damage in his knee. 

Adding insult to injury is the fact that analyst Mike Golic passed the test with relative ease earlier this week on ESPN.  Golic is an NFL veteran who has been retired for sixteen years and currently works for ESPN. 

The Minnesota Vikings are on standby as they await the retirement decision of quarterback Brett Favre and the veteran says that decision is centered around his ankle injury.  Favre was rumored to have sent text messages to certain teammates and Vikings officials on Tuesday but was later found working out with the local high school team in Mississippi. 

However, on the same day as the rumors of retirement began, Vikings kicker and friend Ryan Longwell spoke to Favre and indicated retirement had never come up during discussion.  We have since learned that Favre will meet with Dr. James Andrews next week to discuss the success of his ankle surgery. 

While the actions of legendary quarterback Brett Favre would most likely be difficult for even the most skilled of gamblers to bet on, it seems clear from the statements of other Vikings players that Favre would be welcomed back to the locker room regardless of when the decision is made.

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Cade Caldwell is an Atlanta-based sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax.

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NFL Week 11 Injury Report & Schedule


NEW YORK – Troy Polamalu, Cedric Benson and Brian Westbrook are just some of the names on the NFL Week 11 westbrook-wedgieInjury Report that was released on Friday.Below is the full report.

SUNDAY’S GAMES

PITTSBURGH STEELERS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS – STEELERS: OUT: DE Travis Kirschke (calf), S Troy Polamalu (knee). QUESTIONABLE: RB Carey Davis (hamstring). CHIEFS: DOUBTFUL: G Andy Alleman (knee), LB Justin Rogers (thigh), RB Dantrell Savage (ankle), LB Mike Vrabel (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB David Herron (knee).

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at BALTIMORE RAVENS – COLTS: OUT: T Daniel Federkeil (concussion), S Aaron Francisco (ankle), WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee), CB Kelvin Hayden (knee), K Adam Vinatieri (right knee). QUESTIONABLE: S Antoine Bethea (foot), DT Eric Foster (back), DE Dwight Freeney (hip), WR Pierre Garcon (ankle), TE Gijon Robinson (concussion), QB Jim Sorgi (right shoulder). PROBABLE: WR Hank Baskett (illness), TE Justin Snow (elbow). RAVENS: OUT: RB Matt Lawrence (knee), LB Terrell Suggs (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE Todd Heap (chest), NT Haloti Ngata (ankle). PROBABLE: C Matt Birk (neck), QB Joe Flacco (knee), LB Tavares Gooden (head), LB Jarret Johnson (shoulder).

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS at GREEN BAY PACKERS – 49ERS: OUT: CB Nate Clements (shoulder), T Joe Staley (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB Takeo Spikes (hamstring). PROBABLE: WR Isaac Bruce (ankle, elbow), RB Glen Coffee (concussion), WR Michael Crabtree (knee), DE Demetric Evans (shoulder), S Michael Lewis (quadricep), RB Michael Robinson (not injury related), S Mark Roman (knee), DE Justin Smith (back), G Adam Snyder (shoulder). PACKERS: DOUBTFUL: G Allen Barbre (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: G Evan Dietrich-Smith (ankle), RB Ahman Green (groin). PROBABLE: LB Desmond Bishop (ankle), LB Brandon Chillar (hand), TE Jermichael Finley (knee), DE Cullen Jenkins (ankle), DE Johnny Jolly (back), LB Brad Jones (concussion), LB Aaron Kampman (concussion), RB John Kuhn (hand), LB Clay Matthews (jaw), LB Brady Poppinga (quadricep), T Mark Tauscher (knee), C Scott Wells (concussion), CB Charles Woodson (hip).

BUFFALO BILLS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS – BILLS: OUT: T Demetrius Bell (knee), DT Marcus Stroud (knee), CB Ashton Youboty (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: S Jairus Byrd (groin), WR James Hardy (groin), CB Terrence McGee (knee), DT Kyle Williams (knee). JAGUARS: OUT: CB Rashean Mathis (groin). DOUBTFUL: LB Justin Durant (head). QUESTIONABLE: S Gerald Alexander (shoulder). PROBABLE: T Maurice Williams (illness).

ATLANTA FALCONS at NEW YORK GIANTS – FALCONS: OUT: WR Brian Finneran (knee). DOUBTFUL: RB Michael Turner (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: S Erik Coleman (knee), RB Jerious Norwood (hip), WR Roddy White (knee). PROBABLE: T Sam Baker (ankle). GIANTS: QUESTIONABLE: CB Aaron Ross (hamstring). PROBABLE: RB Ahmad Bradshaw (ankle, foot), QB Eli Manning (foot).

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS – SAINTS: OUT: CB Jabari Greer (groin), WR Lance Moore (ankle), CB Tracy Porter (knee). QUESTIONABLE: RB Reggie Bush (knee), DT Sedrick Ellis (knee). PROBABLE: C Jonathan Goodwin (ankle), S Darren Sharper (knee), TE David Thomas (knee). BUCCANEERS: QUESTIONABLE: CB Elbert Mack (ankle). PROBABLE: WR Antonio Bryant (knee), CB Torrie Cox (not injury related), QB Byron Leftwich (right elbow), CB Aqib Talib (hamstring), RB Carnell Williams (knee), TE Kellen Winslow (knee).

CLEVELAND BROWNS at DETROIT LIONS – BROWNS: QUESTIONABLE: WR Joshua Cribbs (neck), G Rex Hadnot (knee), RB Jamal Lewis (ankle), RB Lawrence Vickers (shoulder). PROBABLE: LB David Bowens (knee), DE Kenyon Coleman (groin), C Alex Mack (wrist), DT Shaun Rogers (back), TE Robert Royal (finger, wrist), T John St. Clair (shoulder), WR Chansi Stuckey (calf). LIONS: OUT: S Kalvin Pearson (hamstring), LB Ernie Sims (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: LB Zack Follett (neck), DE Dewayne White (toe), WR Derrick Williams (hip). PROBABLE: CB Phillip Buchanon (knee, shoulder), DT Joe Cohen (ankle), S Louis Delmas (tooth, jaw), LB Jordon Dizon (neck), RB Jerome Felton (ankle), LB Larry Foote (knee), DE Jason Hunter (knee), DT Grady Jackson (knee), WR Calvin Johnson (hand), S Ko Simpson (knee), QB Matthew Stafford (knee).

WASHINGTON REDSKINS at DALLAS COWBOYS – REDSKINS: OUT: TE Chris Cooley (ankle), RB Clinton Portis (concussion), TE Eddie Williams (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: DT Albert Haynesworth (ankle), T Stephon Heyer (knee), T Mike Williams (ankle). PROBABLE: RB Ladell Betts (ankle). COWBOYS: OUT: T Marc Colombo (ankle), S Ken Hamlin (ankle), CB Allen Rossum (hamstring). PROBABLE: RB Marion Barber (thumb), K David Buehler (right toe), CB Mike Jenkins (elbow), S Gerald Sensabaugh (thumb), LB DeMarcus Ware (foot).

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at MINNESOTA VIKINGS – SEAHAWKS: OUT: RB Julius Jones (chest). DOUBTFUL: CB Josh Wilson (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: DT Craig Terrill (shoulder). PROBABLE: C Chris Spencer (thumb, back), CB Marcus Trufant (concussion). VIKINGS: DOUBTFUL: CB Antoine Winfield (foot). QUESTIONABLE: WR Bernard Berrian (hamstring), CB Karl Paymah (ankle). PROBABLE: QB Brett Favre (groin, hip), LB E.J. Henderson (knee), DE Jayme Mitchell (illness), CB Benny Sapp (groin), RB Naufahu Tahi (ankle).

ARIZONA CARDINALS at ST. LOUIS RAMS – CARDINALS: OUT: LB Chike Okeafor (back). QUESTIONABLE: CB Michael Adams (hamstring), LB Karlos Dansby (shoulder), T Mike Gandy (pelvis), LB Gerald Hayes (back), CB Bryant McFadden (ankle), WR Sean Morey (head), TE Ben Patrick (knee). PROBABLE: WR Steve Breaston (knee), DE Kenny Iwebema (knee), G Deuce Lutui (not injury related), G Reggie Wells (thumb), S Adrian Wilson (groin). RAMS: OUT: DE C.J. Ah You (knee), G Richie Incognito (foot). QUESTIONABLE: DE Chris Long (knee). PROBABLE: DE James Hall (back), DE Leonard Little (knee), DT Clifton Ryan (toe).

NEW YORK JETS at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS – JETS: OUT: LB Vernon Gholston (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: S Jim Leonhard (thumb). PROBABLE: DE Shaun Ellis (knee), WR Brad Smith (quadricep), LB Bryan Thomas (toe). PATRIOTS: OUT: RB Fred Taylor (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: WR Sam Aiken (hip), LB Eric Alexander (groin), TE Chris Baker (shoulder), LB Tully Banta-Cain (groin), DT Ron Brace (ankle), WR Julian Edelman (forearm), DE Jarvis Green (knee), C Dan Koppen (knee), T Matt Light (knee), RB Sammy Morris (knee), G Stephen Neal (head), LB Rob Ninkovich (knee), DT Ty Warren (ankle). PROBABLE: QB Tom Brady (right shoulder), CB Shawn Springs (knee), TE Benjamin Watson (knee).

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS at DENVER BRONCOS – CHARGERS: OUT: C Nick Hardwick (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: T Jeromey Clary (ankle), DT Ogemdi Nwagbuo (ankle). PROBABLE: LB Tim Dobbins (knee), TE Antonio Gates (foot), NT Travis Johnson (groin), LB Shawne Merriman (foot), LB Shaun Phillips (ankle), P Mike Scifres (groin). BRONCOS: OUT: T Ryan Harris (toe), RB LaMont Jordan (back). QUESTIONABLE: S Josh Barrett (hamstring), QB Kyle Orton (ankle). PROBABLE: RB Correll Buckhalter (knee), WR Brandon Lloyd (foot), WR Brandon Marshall (neck).

CINCINNATI BENGALS at OAKLAND RAIDERS – BENGALS: DOUBTFUL: RB Cedric Benson (hip), G Evan Mathis (ankle), LB Keith Rivers (calf). QUESTIONABLE: S Chris Crocker (calf), CB Johnathan Joseph (foot), CB Morgan Trent (knee). PROBABLE: WR Laveranues Coles (head), RB Jeremi Johnson (chest). RAIDERS: OUT: LB Ricky Brown (ankle), WR Nick Miller (shin), WR Javon Walker (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (ankle), DE Greg Ellis (knee, shoulder). PROBABLE: S Hiram Eugene (shoulder).

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES at CHICAGO BEARS – EAGLES: OUT: WR Kevin Curtis (knee), S Quintin Demps (ankle), LB Akeem Jordan (knee), RB Brian Westbrook (concussion). QUESTIONABLE: CB Sheldon Brown (hamstring). PROBABLE: DE Victor Abiamiri (knee), C Nick Cole (knee), DT Antonio Dixon (foot), LB Chris Gocong (hamstring), CB Macho Harris (eye), WR Jeremy Maclin (foot), DT Mike Patterson (wrist, toe), T Jason Peters (ankle), RB Leonard Weaver (ankle). BEARS: OUT: LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee). DOUBTFUL: TE Desmond Clark (neck), S Kevin Payne (back).

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL

TENNESSEE TITANS at HOUSTON TEXANS – TITANS: DNP: LB Colin Allred (hamstring), WR Justin Gage (back), DT Jason Jones (shoulder), S Kevin Kaesviharn (not injury related). LIMITED: LB David Thornton (hip). TEXANS: DNP: S Dominique Barber (ankle), WR Jacoby Jones (calf), CB Antwaun Molden (quadricep). LIMITED: LB Brian Cushing (foot). FULL: TE James Casey (knee).

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