Redskins Insider

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Portis is nearly cleared to return

Redskins running back Clinton Portis said Tuesday that he has been cleared by a Washington doctor to return but needs to clear one more hurdle before suiting up again.

In his weekly radio appearance on ESPN 980, Portis said he can't return to action until he receives clearance from specialists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, who first evaluated Portis on Nov. 20. He's scheduled to visit with them again next Monday, and Coach Jim Zorn has already ruled Portis out for Sunday's game against New Orleans.

Portis suffered a concussion on Nov. 8 at Atlanta and has missed the past three games. He said he's not experiencing headaches, but his vision might still be a concern.

"If I'm cleared and I can get back out there for the last few games, then I'm definitely going to try to get back out there," Portis said on "The John Thompson Show." "But if I can't, [I'll go] into the offseason healthy and looking forward to starting fresh next year."

But even Portis isn't sure what next year will hold. He said players are aware that there could be wide-sweeping changes at season's end.

"As far as revamping our organization, I think that's a choice they have to make," Portis said. "At some point, you realize all the talent and all the money you're giving to guys to come in and help you win.

"And we're not really doing that. At some point, I think Mr. [Daniel] Snyder frustration going to kick in and who knows if he decides to clean house and start all over."

Portis is one of only six Redskins who have guaranteed contracts for next season. Most of his 2010 base salary of almost $7.2 million is guaranteed, and he is also due bonuses of about $507,000. . . .

The Redskins signed defensive lineman Antoine Holmes, a Williamsburg, Va., native, to the practice squad.

-- Rick Maese

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