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“I tried to use the timeouts as best as we could, and we got caught a little bit,” Zorn said. “Time kept running, and I got caught without a timeout.”

Portis’ weird day

Clinton Portis had carried the ball 2,155 times in his career through the first half on Sunday and had never run for more than 65 yards on any of them. He had managed just 21 yards on 10 carries before heading to the locker room just before halftime with a sprained ankle that kept him on the bench for the first series of the third quarter.

But then Portis returned and suddenly burst through the right side of the Kansas City defense, picked up blocks from center Casey Rabach and fullback Mike Sellers and raced 78 yards to the Kansas City 10-yard line for the longest run of his eight seasons.

Portis ended a string of 10 straight games under 100 yards by finishing with 109 on 15 carries.

Ailing Griffin, Daniels survive

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin started after missing the Carolina game with a sprained left elbow. Griffin, who took a painkilling shot before the game, left briefly but returned and said he was fine and would play next week against Philadelphia.

Defensive tackle Phillip Daniels, who started despite tearing his right biceps on the final drive last week, said he held up OK.

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh left with a stinger but returned and said afterward that he was fine.

Extra points

Right guard Will Montgomery wasn’t the only member of the offense to make his first start of the season on Sunday. Devin Thomas replaced Malcolm Kelly at receiver. Neither wound up with a catch. …

Glenn Pakulak, filling in for injured punter Hunter Smith (groin), had his sixth punt Sunday blocked by Kansas City’s Demorrio Williams, who burst through the middle of Washington’s wall of blockers.