Springs Makes Plans; Portis Defends Vick

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs said he intends to report June 5 to Redskins Park after skipping the first two weeks of the voluntary organized team activities.

"I'm excited to get back in town and crack jokes with my teammates and catch up with my boys," he said. He added that he would have reported next week, but no OTAs are scheduled because of the Memorial Day holiday.

Springs, who had a sports hernia injury last season and has a history of injury problems, has been working out and rehabbing in Arizona. He said his program will be completed and he will report for the final two weeks of OTAs. Minicamp is set for June 15-17.

The Redskins have used Springs as trade bait this offseason and initially asked him to take a pay cut, straining their relationship. Springs has said that he has talked with Coach Joe Gibbs, who expressed dissatisfaction with his decision not to report for the voluntary workouts, which began in mid-May.

Meantime, the Redskins issued a statement for running back Clinton Portis last night following his controversial remarks regarding the investigation of possible dog fighting at a house that was owned by Atlanta star Michael Vick.

Portis, speaking to WAVY-TV in Norfolk while in Virginia Beach for the weekend at a Redskins function, said: "I don't know if he was fighting dogs or not, but it's his property, it's his dog. If that's what he wants to do, do it." He added that people should "mind their business," in regards to the claims against Vick.

After the remarks began to circulate, the team issued the statement: "In the recent interview I gave concerning dog fighting, I want to make it clear I do not take part in dog fighting or condone dog fighting in any manner."

During the television interview Portis, who has suffered a setback in his return from offseason surgery, also said: "I'm from Laurel, Mississippi. I know a lot of back roads that got the dog fight if you want to go see it."

-- Jason La Canfora

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