By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, September 15, 2006
Running back Clinton Portis said his shoulder remains sore and he is taking it easy in practice this week, but is prepared to carry a heavy load against Dallas on Sunday night. Portis was again held out of practice yesterday after missing almost the entire preseason with a partially dislocated left shoulder, and has yet to renew his weekly costumed news conferences -- although he hinted those could return shortly.
Portis carried 10 times for 39 yards and a touchdown in the Washington Redskins' 19-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, and has been working on his strength and conditioning while continuing to rehab his injury, leaving him with a very limited role in practice.
"I'm real sore and just trying to stay on top of things," Portis said. "Keep my strength up. Trying to build my strength up. We're taking it easy now so we don't have to deal with it all season. Getting as strong as possible before our key stretch starts or before we get into the swing of things. We're trying to attack the problem early and build it up and get it back to being fine and consistently get to a stage where I'm not sore two or three days after the game. That's what we're working on now."
Coach Joe Gibbs has said that Portis's carries could be dictated by how the game goes, and how he feels, and Portis said he will accept what comes his way. "If you call my number, I ain't going to shy away from nothing," Portis said.
Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said Portis is still progressing daily, and has been listed as questionable on the injury report.
Given his injury and the time spent working with trainers, Portis has scrapped his routine of adopting a new persona each week and answering questions in character. Eventually, Southeast Jerome and others could make a return, he said.
"Right now, we've got bigger issues," Portis said. "Once we get in the groove of things, who knows?"Expecting the T.O. Ego
Injured cornerback Shawn Springs and Dallas receiver Terrell Owens are good friends, and Springs figures that the national spotlight will bring out every bit of T.O.'s ego Sunday night. Owens is known for his unusual touchdown celebrations and, in his first home game with the Cowboys and with months to plan for the occasion, Springs expects something big should the Pro Bowler get in the end zone.
"He'll act the fool like he always does," Springs said. "Sunday night, prime time, so he's going to show up and do something, because that's what always keeps you on 'SportsCenter.' "
Springs, recovering from abdominal surgery, would relish the chance to defend Owens but is not yet able to play. (Tyer said no date has been set for Springs's return to practice.)
Springs issued a warning about receiver Terry Glenn as well. Glenn, who was often double-teamed by the Redskins in the past, will get less coverage with Owens around; last year Glenn caught six passes for 157 yards and a 70-yard touchdown against Washington in Week 2.
"You can't double Terry Glenn now," Springs said, "and he lit us up the last couple of years."Fauria Sits Out
Tight end Christian Fauria rolled his ankle Wednesday, Tyer said, and did not practice yesterday, but is expected to play Sunday. . . . Rookie defensive lineman Kedric Golston, a sixth-round pick out of Georgia, was one of the few bright spots in Monday's loss. He was put into the tackle rotation despite his inexperience and was quite effective in his NFL debut. "The coaches gave me a little bit of time and a warning before I got in," Golston said. "So I had time to take a deep breath and focus for a minute, and then just get ready to play." Golston and linebacker Rocky McIntosh, a second-round pick, were the only rookies to get on the field Monday. . . . The Redskins placed tight end Manuel White, who underwent knee surgery this week, on the practice-squad injured list, and signed fullback Nehemiah Broughton (a 2005 draft pick) to the practice squad.