The revolving door that is the Washington Redskins' backfield remains in motion as the team has replaced Javarris James on the practice squad with fellow rookie Quinn Porter.
James spent Wednesday with the Redskins and practiced with the team, but last night was signed by the Indianapolis Colts and added to their active roster. (Under NFL rules, a player that is on a team's practice squad is free to sign with another NFL team for the purpose of being added to that second squad's 53-man roster).
The Redskins on Tuesday re-signed Keiland Williams to the practice squad and added James as well because Clinton Portis is expected to miss four to six weeks with a third-degree groin separation. But James' departure left a void for another back, and Washington picked up Porter.
"It feels good to be given another opportunity," said Porter, who spent training camp and the preseason with the Green Bay Packers, whom the Redskins face on Sunday. "I was out for four weeks with an MCL sprain, but came in, passed all those tests this morning, I'm back at 110 percent and ready to ball. My expectations are to get some playing time this fall. It's ironic that I'm playing my old team, the Packers. If coach gives me a chance, a little run, a little inside zone play, I can manage against the 3-4, since I'm familiar with their scheme and personnel."
Porter added that he knew playing on Sunday was unlikely, but said he'll do his best to work hard in practice and beat the odds.
Porter lettered four years at D-II's Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, Ala.). He rushed for 2,788 yards and 24 touchdowns on 511 carries (5.5 yard average) during his career. He also had 68 catches for 887 yards and 12 touchdowns. And he averaged 32.0 yards a kick off return.
As he mentioned, it won't be surprising if the Redskins pick Quinn's brain about the Packers. Interesting enough, the Colts, who signed James after one practice with the Redskins, come to Washington next week.
While Quinn's chances of being promoted to the 53-man roster this week are slim, Keiland Williams' are not. He has -- and will continue -- to compete with Chad Simpson in practice for the top backup role to Torain.
"Any time you lose a vital part of the team, it's disappointing, but at the same time, it's an opportunity and you work hard and try to step up and make plays," Williams said.
He and Simpson both said that Redskins coaches had yet to indicate to them how they figure into the game-plan (or in Williams' case, if he does) for Sunday.