- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 14, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis had surgery yesterday to repair a broken bone in his right hand and is expected to miss three to four games.

Portis had three small screws inserted into the broken metacarpal bone at the base of his right ring finger by surgeon Jeffrey Lovallo on an outpatient basis at Alexandria Hospital. Portis, who was injured during the first quarter of Sunday’s 27-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, had a displaced fracture that was straightened and put in place with screws, Redskins director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said.

Portis will have his hand in a cast for a week and then likely move to a smaller cast or splint. While a lineman might be able to play with such an injury, a running back has to be able to carry the ball. Backup Ladell Betts, who has started four games during his five seasons in Washington, will get his first extensive opportunity.

Meanwhile, defensive end Phillip Daniels has a sprained right wrist, not a bruised forearm as the Redskins announced after the game. Tyer said Daniels should be able to play with the wrist in a brace.

“I’ll make it through the rest of the season,” said Daniels, who missed the final four games of 2004 with a dislocated left wrist.

Tyer said receiver Santana Moss, who returned at Philadelphia after missing two weeks with a strained left hamstring, would be limited in practice this week.

— David Elfin

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