The Washington Times - November 17, 2009, 12:43PM

Jim Zorn has wrapped up his weekly radio show on 980. Here are some of the highlights:

A major topic continues to be running back Clinton Portis and not so much a timetable for his return but his role when he returns.


Zorn reinterated the starting job is Portis’ when he’s ready.

“When Clinton is ready to come back, he will step in as our starting running back and we’ll take it from there,” Zorn said. “This is what we’ve been doing in the first part of the season – Clinton is our first and second down back and Ladell our third down back.”

Zorn hinted that Betts’ role could include second down work or playing an entire possession to relieve Portis.

The Portis Practice Issue came up again. Zorn has always been of the belief that practice equals better game performance.

“The things I’ve been frustrated is that Clinton’s been injured a bunch and hasn’t been practiced,” he said. “To me, practice helps a guy. Clinton’s been held back by the lack of practice. That’s frustrating for all of us. It does make a difference to me. He has played pretty well at times when he hasn’t’ practiced very much but I don’t know how many athletes can really do that. It doesn’t work for cohesiveness of a unit in my mind.”

Zorn said the final decision on Portis playing “won’t have so much to do with me personally because I want to see him out there. It would be prudent based on some of the negative things around a concussion to err on the cautious. … I want to make sure we do right by him and our football team. That’s why I would doubt I would put him out there right now.”

*Tight end Chris Cooley (ankle) will return to the doctor on Monday.

“Hopefully he’ll get out of this boot and he’ll be able to put some pressure on it,” Zorn said. “If that does not happen and he has to go another week, I have to look at it and see what I might have to do.”

At this point, injured reserve is a real possiblity for Cooley.

*Zorn said he intends to talk with cornerback Carlos Rogers about his benching.

“I would suspect that any guy that got taken out of a game, is going to have a hard time,” Zorn said. “I think it’s a blip in his career a little bit. He’ll be back. The thing I’m going to visit with him about is wait until you get that next chance. I had the same conversation with Chris Horton and he worked his way back. It can happen for Carlos. Will this help him? I hope it does.”

— Ryan O’Halloran