Portis Gets in Character for First Time This Season
Friday, October 6, 2006
There was a new face at Redskins Park yesterday. Dolemite Jenkins made his first appearance of the season, sporting a curly auburn wig, wide acrylic sunglasses and a white T-shirt with blue trim that read "Vote for Santana."
Jenkins, naturally, was Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, who for the first time this season resumed his costumed Thursday afternoon news conferences, this one riffing on the title character from the movie "Napoleon Dynamite."
Portis clearly was in a playful mood. As teammates David Patten, Mike Sellers and Santana Moss looked on, Portis said he was stumping for Moss to win NFC player of the month. Moss started the month right by scoring the winning touchdown in overtime Sunday against Jacksonville on a 68-yard reception.
Jenkins covered a range of subjects, from Moss to his left shoulder, which he injured in the preseason. When asked how it felt, he flexed a popping biceps and said, "How's it look?"
Sibling Rivalry Postponed
Moss said he would have liked the chance to see his younger brother, Sinorice, play Sunday, but the younger Moss, drafted by the Giants in the second round, has been fighting a strained quadriceps muscle and won't play.
"I know he wants to be out there," Santana Moss said. "He wants to do what every player wants to do. He wants to go out and make a name for himself instead of being on the sidelines."
Sinorice Moss missed much of the preseason and the Giants' first regular season game against Indianapolis. In Week 2 against Philadelphia, he caught one pass for four yards.
"He's going to be fine as soon as he's healthy," Santana Moss said. "It's just hard when you have an injury that keeps you from doing the things you know you can do."
For Santana Moss, New York always will be a bittersweet place. He was not happy in four years with the Jets but generally has played well against the Giants. In three games against them, Moss has 19 receptions for 315 yards and six touchdowns.
Nice to See You Again
A number of Redskins have gone up against their former teams this season. Mark Brunell and Renaldo Wynn faced their former Jacksonville teammates. In the first four games of the season, cornerback Kenny Wright faced all three of his former teams -- Minnesota, Houston and Jacksonville. This week, Giants linebackers LaVar Arrington and Antonio Pierce play the Redskins, while Washington defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin faces the team that drafted him in the second round in 2000 and let him leave as a free agent in 2004.
Right guard Randy Thomas missed a portion of practice because of a strained hamstring he suffered against Jacksonville. Griffin, who missed part of practice Wednesday because of a hip injury, practiced yesterday, but tight end Todd Yoder sat out yesterday's practice with a sore ankle. All are probable for Sunday. Cornerback Shawn Springs is doubtful because of groin and abdominal injuries. For the Giants, linebacker Carlos Emmons (pectoral muscle), running back Derrick Ward (foot) and Sinorice Moss are out. Safety James Butler is doubtful with a knee injury, and Arrington is probable with a knee injury.