Despite Injury, Portis Gets In A Little Bit Of a Workout

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 22, 2006

After two preseason losses, the Washington Redskins took an all-business approach to their first practice since Saturday's 27-14 home loss to the New York Jets. But the sight of running back Clinton Portis walking around without his left shoulder in a sling was a welcome one.

"I was trying to get a little conditioning in, nothing spectacular," Portis said. "It was just following procedure, trying to get everything to heal. I still have to put the sling back on. It's probably going to be sore. I still feel pain there, but as far as movement is concerned, I feel good."

Portis suffered a partial dislocation of the shoulder in the Redskins' first preseason game against Cincinnati. He injured himself tackling Keiwan Ratliff following Ratliff's 52-yard interception of a Mark Brunell pass. Portis will miss the remainder of the preseason and his status is questionable for the Sept. 11 opener against Minnesota.

"Let me tell you something, Clinton is a freak," said running backs coach Earnest Byner. "He's a freak because he wears a wig, but he's also a freak because he has incredible healing powers. I think he's going to be there, back in the mix."

Practice Picks Up

When the locker room opened after the Jets ran up more than 200 rushing yards on the Redskins' defense and held the ball for more than 15 minutes longer than the Redskins, most players predicted that this week of practices would be their most intense of the summer. They were right.

"I'm so tired, you can't even print how I feel," left tackle Chris Samuels said.

Part of the reason is that the third preseason game, against the Patriots on Saturday at New England, will be the last, best chance coaches have to evaluate the regulars. But there was another reason -- Coach Joe Gibbs and his staff were far from happy about the effort given Saturday night.

"Coach said what was necessary," quarterback Mark Brunell said. "He was stern, which he should have been."

Griffin Sidelined

As expected, defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin did not practice yesterday and likely will not for much of the week with a right knee strain. Griffin was injured in the first quarter Saturday, and participated in conditioning drills with a brace on his knee.

Linebacker Khary Campbell did not practice yesterday because of a sore knee. Campbell is competing with Robert McCune on the depth chart as the primary backup to middle linebacker Lemar Marshall.

Tight end Robert Johnson also did not practice. He is day-to-day after spraining his left ankle in the second half Saturday. Linebacker Kevin Simon, the rookie linebacker who hasn't practiced for the past couple of weeks and hasn't played in either preseason game because of an abdominal injury, did not practice.

Weak-side linebacker Rocky McIntosh, who has impressed assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams with his aggressiveness and toughness, practiced despite a bruised right knee.

Davis in the Market

Former Redskins running back Stephen Davis, a free agent who has suffered through serious injuries in recent years, is shopping his services around the NFL and contacted the Redskins, team officials said. Washington expressed no immediate interest, and he visited Philadelphia yesterday.

Davis, once the franchise's single-season rushing leader, was released by Carolina in the offseason and was expected by some to retire. The Redskins appear comfortable with their running backs, and signed rookie free agent A.J. Harris last week.

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