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Clinton Portis return: Running back will accept whatever role he is given

October 26, 2010 - 11:36 AM
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Clinton Portis said that he doesn't mind backing up Ryan Torain when he returns from a groin injury. (Photo: Associated Press)

Yesterday Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that although there is a chance that Clinton Portis could return to action on Nov. 15, there is no guarantee that the two-time Pro Bowl running back will reclaim his starting job.

Portis, making his weekly appearance on 106.7 The Fan’s Mike Wise show with Holden Kushner, said today that he’s not surprised, and isn’t worried about his role when he returns.



“There are no guarantees in life man, I need to go out and help this team however I can,” Portis said. “That’s the decision for them to make, and when they make the decision, I still have to come to work and get the job done.”

Portis got off to a slow start this season and was in the process of having his best game of the year on Oct. 3 against Philadelphia when he had 11 carries for 55 yards and two catches for 26 yards. But Portis’ performance was cut short by a third-degree groin pull, and he has been out ever since.

With Portis sidelined, the Redskins have turned to Ryan Torain, who has rushed for a combined 225 yards and three touchdowns in two straight starts. Portis has praised the job that Torain has done, but admits that he feels like the fans have forgotten him. He understands, however.

“That’s life,” Portis said. “If you step away, that’s just like Bush leaving office. We came into a mess and a bad situation and all of a sudden, Bush left out and they became Obama’s problems. Obama did this and Obama did that, and I don’t think it was him that caused it. He was in there to straighten a mess up. I’m here trying to do what I can. … It’s a what have you done for me today, and I today, I can’t show you anything. It’s all about the opportunity that you’re given, and doing what you can.”

Portis on the season has 195 yards and two touchdowns on 49 carries and is 680 rushing yards shy of tying John Riggins for first place on the Redskins' all-time rushing list.


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