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.

Used with permission of the author.

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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