- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 13, 2008


Virginia Tech plays a second straight Thursday game when it travels to Miami. 7:30 p.m., ESPN



If his knee keeps him out for more than a game or two, the Redskins still may make the playoffs, but the will need a cane, a walker, crutches or all three. That’s how important Portis is.


Hmmm, four consecutive starts as Capitals goaltender (three wins and an overtime loss). This reinforces the belief that Jose Theodore’s money should have been spent on a top-five defenseman.


Entering the Wizards’ game against Utah, the second-year player was averaging 16.6 points, up from 7.5 points last season. At least there’s one bright spot.


One of the newest Nationals will play left field. That’s not good news for the collection of corner outfielders on the roster, including Elijah Dukes, Austin Kearns, Wily Mo Pena and Willie Harris.


He has seven games to prove: a) his half-season was an aberration; b) he merits another big contract; c) he can start opposite Carlos Rogers in 2009.

TWT FIVE: How Redskins can make up for Clinton Portis (if he’s sidelined)

1. Get Ladell Betts back - If he’s healthy, the Redskins can withstand Portis’ absence for a game or two because he’s a reliable receiver out of the backfield and can pick up the blitz.

2. Short throws = rushes - Call tons of short, high-percentage passes for Jason Campbell that will get the ball to Santana Moss and Chris Cooley.

3. Use Mike Sellers more - The fullback has one carry this year. If Betts isn’t healthy, Sellers is the Redskins’ best option in short yardage.

4. Shaun Alexander shows he has something left - The former Seattle runner hasn’t done much in three games (only 10 carries), but maybe carrying the load for a few weeks is right in his wheelhouse.

5. Hope Seattle is as bad as its record - It will be tough sledding for the Redskins against Dallas if Portis can’t play, but Portis should be held out against the 2-7 Seahawks.

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