The Washington Times - December 19, 2008, 03:31PM

Pro Bowl running back Clinton Portis didn’t practice on Friday after waking up with back spasms. Coach Jim Zorn expects Portis to play Sunday against Philadelphia, but Portis isn’t so sure.

“I woke up and didn’t feel like moving,” Portis said. “It feels better when they’re rubbing on it, but that don’t last long. As soon as they stop, it start back hurtin’. Hopefully it’ll be all right [by Sunday].”

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Despite a sprained knee, jammed neck and a pulled ribcage muscle, Portis hasn’t missed a game this year. He’s second in the NFL with 1,544 yards from scrimmage, third with 1,337 rushing yards and fourth with 318 touches.


“It would have to be pretty severe for him to [miss the game],” Zorn said.

The left knee that Jon Jansen sprained at Baltimore on Dec. 7 is still loose so the right tackle will miss a second straight game. He took limited work last Thursday but the knee felt worse the next day and he hasn’t been able to practice since. Jason Fabini will start again in Jansen’s place. However, strongside linebacker Marcus Washington is back from a 4-game absence as are left defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin and strong safety Chris Horton, who joined him on the sideline last week.

— David Elfin