- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 5, 2006

1:29 p.m.

Count Washington Redskins associate head coach Al Saunders among those surprised when running back Clinton Portis pulled himself out of a 27-27 game late in the fourth quarter Sunday against Jacksonville.

Following three rushes in a span of four plays, Portis went to the sidelines and was replaced by Ladell Betts.

“All of a sudden, he came out to ‘recover and sometimes, it throws you off,” Saunders said yesterday. “But Im getting to learn him. Theres a reason hes the starter, and you would like your No. 1 guy in there at a critical part of the game.”

Betts was stuffed on third-and-1 from the Jags’ 20, and the Redskins elected to kick a field goal.

Had they gotten the first down, its likely they could have milked the clock before kicking a game-winner in the final seconds. As it turns out, the Redskins ended up winning 36-30 in overtime.

“I trust Ladell, but theyre different players, and it changes what Ill call,” Saunders said. “Its difficult to call a game when somebody arbitrarily comes out of the game.”

Portis finished the game with 112 yards on 27 carries and a touchdown. Betts carried the ball 11 times for 37 yards.

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