- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 17, 2007

4:08 p.m.

Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis missed the team’s offseason practice Wednesday and Thursday to have his knee examined by team consultant Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala.

Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said Portis has patella tendinitis in the knee. Portis missed half of last season with shoulder and hand injuries, but has not missed any time in his career with lower-body ailments.

Portis, who has rehabilitated his offseason surgeries in Miami and Northern Virginia, complained of soreness on Tuesday.

“He had some soreness in the knee, but he described that he could run and work out on it and it would be fine the next day,” coach Joe Gibbs said. “This week, it bothered him after the workout day so we decided to have it looked at.”

Gibbs said the tendinitis didn’t develop because Portis was working out too often and too hard. He has been limited in the offseason practices as his shoulder and hand recover.

Tyer wouldn’t guess on how long Portis would be held from running.

“He has to get some therapy, strengthen his quadriceps, stretch his hamstring and he’ll be fine,” Tyer said. “We had it looked at to make sure it was OK and we think we’re OK.”

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