- The Redskins will be without Clinton Portis for four to six weeks after the back suffered a third-degree groin separation on Sunday. (Photo: Jay Westcott)
The Washington Redskins will be without starting running back Clinton Portis for four to six weeks after the 10-year veteran suffered a third-degree groin pull on Sunday.
Coach Mike Shanahan said that Portis will be replaced in the starting lineup by second-year player Ryan Torain, who on Sunday had 18 carries for 70 yards and a touchdown.
Portis was having his most productive day of the season when he went down with injury in the third quarter of Sunday's game. He had 11 carries for 55 yards and two catches for 26 yards.
Shanahan said that the injury will not require surgery, but that the muscle has been separated from the bone.
"It's a temporary set-back. Those things happen over the season," Shanahan said. "Clinton's tough. He'll get a lot of rehab here. Hopefully it's four weeks instead of six, but a third-degree separation is off the bone. So, it's quite sore right now. He was tough enough to go back in, gave us everything he had. He had worked so hard, now he's got that setback."
Portis suffered the initial injury, received treatment from the trainers, trying to get loose, and then went back in for one snap before having to leave the game for good.
Torain will start and Chad Simpson, brought in two weeks ago, will get a chance to compete for snaps. Rookie Keiland Williams, re-signed to the practice squad yesterday, is likely to be elevated to the 53-man roster as well.
"Just like we've been talking about, we're going to lose some players over the course of the season, and somebody's got to step up," Shanahan said.
Shanahan said that the Redskins are considering their options and possibly will bring in a veteran running back. Washington in the preseson had three veteran former Pro Bowl running backs on their roster. But they cut Willie Parker before the start of the season after he struggled to produce. And then two weeks into the season, they cut Larry Johnson after he also failed to live up to expectations.
Shanahan was asked if Johnson could return, and he said, "we have a few options relative to people that have been here, people that are out there, and we'll evaluate that over the next day or so, and I'll let you know as soon as I know."