Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis said there’s “no doubt in my mind” he’s playing Sunday night at Baltimore.
But after another practice in which Portis did not participate Wednesday at Redskin Park, coach Jim Zorn said the reality of having to sit Portis for a game because he’s so banged up is creeping up on the Redskins.
“At some point and I don’t know if it’s this game, I just have to say, ‘Hey, let’s shut this thing down. Let’s give him a week [off] so he can actually practice,’” Zorn said. “But I can’t do that right now. The problem is that every one of these games keep building and building. That third quarter [of the season] – we lost to three awesome football teams.”
The Redskins’ last three losses have come against Pittsburgh, Dallas and the New York Giants, three of the NFL’s top 10 rush defenses. Portis has sustained ankle, hip, leg, knee, rib cage and neck injuries in the last five games.
“My whole body is sore,” he said. “I’m getting old and it’s Week 14. It’s rough out there.” Portis’ 255 carries are third in the league and his 1,228 yards the second-most. He has not practice since Week 9.
In addition to Portis, cornerback Shawn Springs (calf), left tackle Chris Samuels (knee), left guard Pete Kendall (knees), right guard Randy Thomas (day off) and linebackers Marcus Washington (ankle), Alfred Fincher (personal reasons) and London Fletcher (foot) did not practice.
Washington is expected to miss his third consecutive game. All of the other players should be available although Zorn labeled Springs’ status as questionable.