- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Clinton Portis walked out of Redskin Park yesterday with a protective boot on his left foot, but he expects to play when the Washington Redskins return to action Nov. 5 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Portis sustained a high left ankle sprain on his first carry of the second half Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. He returned to the game on the Redskins’ next series.

“Hopefully, it won’t carry over,” said Portis, who sat out yesterday’s practice, which lasted about 75 minutes.

Injuries have plagued Portis throughout the season. His shoulder injury limited him to 10 carries in Week 1 and a collar bone ailment kept him out of the Dallas game in Week 2. Portis has 98 carries for 414 yards this season.

“Guys have bought into the offense, but when we’re not producing like we know we’re capable of, you start to question yourself,” Portis said. “If everybody was getting the ball and doing well, this offense would be great. But we’re not right now.”

In the Redskins’ two wins, Portis has 43 carries and four catches. In the four losses he’s played, he is averaging 11 carries and 5.1 receptions.

“The reality is, it’s a new system,” running backs coach Earnest Byner said. “The other reality is that we haven’t produced as many first downs as we have wanted to. When we do that, there’s more opportunities for Clinton to get carries.”

Rogers returns

Cornerback Carlos Rogers returned to practice eight days after having surgery on his broken right thumb. Rogers had the cast removed Monday and will play with a split.

“The X-rays showed the bone is healing so I’ll be ready to play the Cowboys,” Rogers said. “This week will be good to let it heal. But there’s no doubt about Dallas.”

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin, who has missed the last two games with a hip flexor injury, also did some work during practice. Fellow tackle Joe Salave’a (calf) said he made it through the Colts game in good shape.

“It’s coming along,” said Salave’a, who has missed three games this season. “I can’t let the injury bug get the better of me because it did creep into my mind a little bit and I let it affect the way I played.”

Eight miss practice

Including Portis, eight Redskins missed practice: Quarterback Mark Brunell (rib cage strain), running back Rock Cartwright (quadriceps), linebacker Marcus Washington (hip), left tackle Chris Samuels (knee), receiver Antwaan Randle El (heel), receiver Santana Moss (dental procedure) and linebacker Lemar Marshall (ankle).

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