The Washington Times - October 2, 2009, 01:56PM

Jim Zorn said ailing No. 1 running back Clinton Portis is a game-time decision for the second straight week.

Portis, who didn’t take any reps this week, agreed.


But the coach and running back both expect he’ll play as he has every game since the end of the 2006 season.

The Redskins will list Portis as questionable for Sunday’s visit by Tampa Bay. The only difference is that last week Portis’ main woe was lingering bone spurs in his ankle. This time, it’s the calf in which he was kicked during last week’s loss at Detroit.

“My struggle is, if I put him out there am I just gonna do this over and over again,” Zorn said. “And do I need to get him well. That’s my dilemma. I’m leaning to playing him because he’s a force and he loves to play … It’s hard when a running back such as he can’t do all the things he’s capable of doing.”

Portis has had just one game with more than 80 yards since injuries began to beset him at midseason 2008. The Redskins, who were 10-2 in their previous 12 games, are 3-9 since.

Portis usually only talks to the media in a group session on Wednesdays and after games. He consented to a very brief, and I mean very brief, interview today.

After wondering what there was to talk about, I told Portis that Zorn had said he was a game-time decision.

“Whatever Jim say,” Portis said. “That’s what it is. Want me to tell you something different?”

I then pointed out to Portis that Zorn couldn’t tell us how he was feeling and asked how he was feeling.

“A game-time decision,” he said. “Have a nice night, guys. Don’t drink too much, OK?” 

Don’t need to worry about that in my case, CP.

— David Elfin