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Clinton Portis to announce his retirement Thursday


Former Redskins running back Clinton Portis will officially announce his retirement at a news conference at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Redskins Park, the team announced Tuesday.

Portis last played in the NFL in 2010, when groin and abdomen injuries limited him to five games. During the following offseasin, the Redskins released Portis, who rushed for 6,824 yards and 46 touchdowns on 1,667 carries for Washington from 2004-2010.

Portis finished his career second on Washington’s all-time rushing list. He fell 648 yards shy of John Riggins’ franchise record of 7,472 rushing yards.

For his career, Portis -- drafted in 2002 out of Miami by Mike Shanahan in Denver -- amassed 9,923 yards and 75 touchdowns on 2,230 carries.

In addition to his rushing skills, Portis was highly respected by Redskins players and coaches for his skills as a pass protector, and widely known by fans as a locker room character.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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