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Clinton Portis injury: Torn abdomen muscle will require months of recovery time

November 24, 2010 - 02:52 PM
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Clinton Portis prognosis is a lower abdomen tear, just above the groin, and he will require "a couple" months of recovery time.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that the prognosis on running back Clinton Portis is a torn lower abdomen muscle, right above the groin, which will require surgery and a recovery time of “a couple months.”

“It really is disappointing, because he has really worked so hard to get back to where he was at,” Shanahan said of Portis, who hasn’t yet been officially placed on Injured Reserve, but will be, the coach said. “A lot of hard work, he was encouraging all the other players, and was a big part of this football team. You hate to see somebody work that hard and not get an opportunity to finish the season.”

Portis suffered a third-degree groin separation -- pulling the muscle off the bone -- on Oct. 3 in the Redskins' game against the Philadelphia Eagles. he missed the next five games, and then returned on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Portis got the start and rushed for 32 yards on five carries, then suffered this latest injury while trying to break a tackle.

Shanahan said that originally, Portis was hoping to have surgery on today and try to rehab and get back onto the field before the end of the season. But upon further discussions with team consultant Dr. James Andrews, the conclusion was reached that Portis wouldn’t have a chance to recover in time to return this year, and the surgery date has been pushed back.

Shanahan said that there has been no second guessing on his part over whether or not Portis returned to the field too quickly. Instead, Shanahan said Portis felt good and wanted to play two games ago against Philadelphia, but that the coach told the running back to wait another week to be sure.

It has been speculated that the injury has ended Portis’ time in Washington, and possibly his career. He will be 30 next season and with 9,923 rushing yards and 2,230 carries for his career, he has a lot of wear and tear. Shanahan believes that Portis still has the ability to produce at a high level next season if he so desires.

“I don’t think there’s any question about it. He’s got such a strong will,” the coach said. “It all depends on does he come back 100 percent? Does he want to come back and play? He’s got that inner drive that most people don’t have and he wants to compete, but obviously, he’s got to get well.”

Keiland Williams will take over as Washington's starting running back, and he has done well when called upon. Two weeks ago, he started against the Eagles and rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, and also had four catches for 50 yards and a touchdown. Against the Titans and rushed for 68 yards on 23 carries and had 27 receiving yards on six catches. Williams this season leads the Redskins with five touchdowns.

The Redskins will use James Davis to spell Williams, and the team expects to sign Andre Brown if he passes a physical, Shanahan said.

Taken in the fourth round of the 2009 draft by the New York Giants, Brown spent his rookie season on injured reserve. This season in one preseason game with New York, he led the team with 120 yards on seven carries. Brown was cut, however and spent time on the Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers' practice squads

Brown started 30 games at N.C. State and concluded his career ranked ninth on the team's all-purpose yards list with 3,511 yards (2,539 yards and 22 touchdowns coming on the ground).

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