The Washington Times - November 18, 2009, 03:50PM

Jim Zorn met with the media this afternoon following a 90-minute practice at Redskin Park. Here’s what he had to say:

*Running back Clinton Portis (concussion) is “very doubtful” to play against Dallas. Portis has not participated in walk throughs or practice this week and did not attend the position meeting this morning. He was in the District meeting with doctors today.


“Little blurry vision after we got him warmed up; we got a little sweat going and he’s still a little foggy there,” Zorn said. “As we test him, we’re going to wait another 24 hours until he’s symptom free and then test him again.”

*Cornerback Carlos Rogers took snaps with the first-team defense today, three days after getting benched after Denver’s first touchdown.

Zorn and secondary coach Jerry Gray would not confirm Rogers as Sunday’s starter, but all indications are that Rogers will be play opposite DeAngelo Hall.

“To me, if you’re any type of fighter, you’re going to respond and fight. And I think that’s what he’s going to do,” Gray said. “The guy has too much talent and too much athletic ability and too much fight not to be on the football field.”

*Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (ankle) did not practice.

“He will work as hard as he possibly can to get to this game and to play 100 percent in it and it will probably come down to a weekend decision,” Zorn said.

*Amid a report that has John Madden recommending teams practice without helmets to reduce injuries, count Zorn among the pro-helmet camp.

“It’s a must to practice with helmets,” Zorn said. “If you’re going to run at all and you’re throwing a ball that’s coming in 45 miles an hour, there could be a chance of getting hit in the back of the head or a guy putting his hand up and you get poked in the eye. That’s why we wear helmets.”

— Ryan O’Halloran