- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis bruised or sprained his right knee against the New York Giants on Sept. 23 rather than having a flare up of the tendinitis that sidelined him for the preseason.

After Monday’s practice, coach Joe Gibbs assumed Portis sat out because of “soreness that came out of the game” and tendinitis.

Yesterday, director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer provided a clarification: same knee, different injury.

“In the first quarter of the game, he fell on his knee and bruised the inside of his knee, and that’s what we’re treating,” Tyer said. “He’s got a contusion-slash-sprain that if you have to classify it would be a Grade I. We’re taking it day to day, and our hope is that he’ll be ready to play on Sunday.”

Portis declined to talk with reporters at Redskin Park yesterday. But on his weekly paid appearance on WTEM (AM-980) yesterday, Portis said he injured the knee in the second quarter of the Giants game.

Tyer said the knee injury wasn’t severe enough to keep Portis off the field for the final drive. The Giants stopped Ladell Betts twice from the 1-yard line to preserve the 24-17 victory.

“On the sideline, when we’re looking at an injury, we make a decision on if he should be in there or shouldn’t be in there,” Tyer said. “That wasn’t discussed with Clinton [during the final drive]. There was never any discussion about holding him out.”

More injury news

Tyer provided updates on players who were injured against the Giants.

Receiver Santana Moss (strained groin) “is doing better,” Tyer said. “He hasn’t run yet. We had him in the swim tank running and working on the elliptical machines, and he felt fine doing that. He’ll do more [today].”

The Redskins hope cornerback Fred Smoot (hamstring), who has missed the last two games, can take part in the full practice tomorrow and Friday.

“We’ll try to increase his activity every day, but he’ll be limited in some things [today],” Tyer said. “[Cornerbacks coach] Jerry Gray will work him, and they have scripted plays, and when they know they have to turn around and sprint 30 yards covering somebody, he may not have him do those things.”

Safety Sean Taylor (bruised knee), safety LaRon Landry (sprained finger), defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (ankle) and defensive end Phillip Daniels (foot) are expected to play.

What record?

The Redskins have 20-0 all-time home record against the Detroit Lions. Which means nothing to Gibbs.

“That gets no credence whatsoever,” he said. “Those guys are 3-1 and just beat Chicago, who we have great respect for. They’re a high-quality group. … For them to be 3-1 right now is a real credit to them.”

Detroit also started 3-1 in 2000 and 2004 but failed to make the playoffs in either season.

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