Injured Redskins RB Clinton Portis (concussion) hasn’t spoken to the local media types since he was injured at Atlanta three weeks ago save for his weekly paid apprearance on The John Thompson Show (ESPN 980).
Portis, who has already been ruled out by coach Jim Zorn for Sunday’s game against New Orleans, just got done with his call in.
Portis said he visited a local doctor this afternoon and was cleared but he can’t play until the Pittsburgh doctor he visited two weeks ago clears him. Portis travels up there on Monday.
“He couldn’t schedule me in until Monday so I can’t even start until after I see him,” Portis said. “Therefore, I can’t play this weekend.
“It’s just the vision. Outside of that, I haven’t really tried anything else. I wasn’t having any headaches or nausea or anything. Once we realized that, it was basically getting my eye back up to speed.”
It wasn’t clarified if Portis is still experiencing the vision problems when he moves his head quickly.
Later in the segment, Portis said:
*On possibly being placed on IR:
“That’s up to them. I would love to be on the field trying to get out there and finish out the season. At the same time, I have to do what’s safe and what’s best. If I’m cleared and can get back out there for the last few games, I’m definitely going to try and get back out there. If I can’t, I’ll go into the off season healthy and starting off fresh next year.”
*On the Redskins possibly undergoing massive changes:
“For the players, it’s something we’re used to. As far as revamping the organization, that’s the choice they have to make. At some point, you realize all the talent and all the money you’re spending to help you win and we’re not really doing that. I’m sure at some point Mr Snyder’s frustration will kick in and who knows if he decides to clean house and start all over. If you look to teams that have done that, you might find more success – rebuilding and cleaning it out. If I’m around, you have to find a way to fit in and give everything I’ve got.”
*On the offense scoring 20-plus points in two of last three weeks and the Redskins losing close games to Dallas and Philadelphia:
“The guys that take that field look forward to playing and stepping up. We were missing at least seven or eight guys and they still played the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys down to the end of the game. That speaks volumes about the character and talent on this team. It’s just a matter of coming away with the win. In these last couple weeks, you’ve seen more explosive plays and more people involved and just really utilizing our talent. If you could start over and get everybody involved at the beginning of the season, I don’t know how it would go but more guys would have come up with more opportunities and more chances to make big plays.”