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Old 11-13-2009, 10:35 AM   #1
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Redskins RB Portis can't play vs. Broncos because of concussion

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ASHBURN, Va. -- A concussion will keep Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis out of Sunday's game, one of many injury concerns for coach Jim Zorn as his team prepares to face the Denver Broncos.

Portis was hurt on a helmet-to-helmet hit during the first quarter of last Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. He underwent tests this week and wasn't at the Redskins' practice facility Thursday.

"We kept Clinton at home just to get rest," Zorn said. "That was kind of doctor's orders."

Portis is having a disappointing season by his standards, with only 494 rushing yards. He last missed a game in 2006, when hand and shoulder injuries ended his season early.

Portis' injury means Ladell Betts will make his first start since 2006, assuming he is able to play. The backup is nursing a sprained ankle and didn't practice Thursday, although Zorn said he expects Betts to be available.

There also is considerable doubt as to the makeup of Washington's starting offensive line. Mike Williams is out with an ankle injury, so midseason signee Levi Jones will start at left tackle and Stephon Heyer has been moved from left tackle to right tackle. Heyer was limited in practice Thursday with a knee injury, and D'Anthony Batiste replaced him.

Also, Chad Rinehart could start ahead of Will Montgomery at right guard, although that move would be performance-related and not mandated by injuries.

"That's kind of an ongoing battle," Zorn said. "Our ranks are running thin."

The Redskins' original starting left tackle (Chris Samuels) and right guard (Randy Thomas) are out with season-ending injuries.

Also, the Redskins are dealing with a now-weekly quandary at punter. Hunter Smith, who has a recurring groin injury in his kicking leg, will try to punt during Friday's practice. If Smith can't play, Sam Paulescu will punt for the second consecutive game and Smith will be a candidate for season-ending injured reserve.

"It's a possibility if he continues to reaggravate this thing," Zorn said. "Tomorrow is kind of an important day."

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Old 11-13-2009, 10:37 AM   #2
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We SHOULD smoke them. You're right. If we can't get healthy against the Redskins, we have SERIOUS problems...
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:39 AM   #3
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If they don't like their punting situation, maybe we should offer them a trade. I'd take Paulescu back in a heartbeat.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:39 AM   #4
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Yes, it will kind of be like the first Chiefs game last year. Lose this game, and your not going anywhere - the writing was kind of on the wall after that game.
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I'll take a 1 point victory. There are no extra wins awarded for style points. This the NFL.... you know, big boy football.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:43 AM   #6
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They have a good defense.....Denver needs to be able to run the ball well.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:47 AM   #7
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They have a good defense. People forget that. Stop it.
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I'm thinking this is a low scoring game. Prater better be on target.
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I have no doubts, we will destroy the skins.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:55 AM   #10
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I'll take a 1 point victory. There are no extra wins awarded for style points. This the NFL.... you know, big boy football.
Are you making a diaper boy joke?

Say what you want, and obviously one point is enough to win a game, but be realistic here. If we can't put away an ailing team like the Redskins, were not really a strong playoff contender, despite the fast start.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:59 AM   #11
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They have a good defense.....Denver needs to be able to run the ball well.
They are giving up 125+ RYPG.

That being said....They have played alot of close games (>7) until recently.

23-13 sounds about right.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:08 AM   #12
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I doubt we smoke anybody this year. Our O is dreadful slow and is weak at QB/C/G positions.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:19 AM   #14
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I doubt we smoke anybody this year. Our O is dreadful slow and is weak at QB/C/G positions.
I thought most of the people like you had left by now??
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I don't care how much we win by, but we must win the next TWO if we are going to do anything this year.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:35 AM   #16
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I thought most of the people like you had left by now??
What do you mean? I'm one that has supported this regime all along. Heck I am pleased with this team progress so far. Even with that you'd have to admit our O has not hit stride yet this season. We struggled against two physical D's which happens to alot of teams. We aren't scoring that many points.

My point was I doubt we will smoke anyone this year because imo we need more speed to this dink offense and bolster our interior line to help struggling running game next year.

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We already smoked two bad teams this year. Why exactly do you think we can't smoke a third?
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I really think we'll barely beat them and we'll find out that this team is not as good many of us thought. I won't be surprised. We'll probably pull this one off by a FG. I really hope I'm wrong.
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The way our O has played and the blueprint is out on what gives us problems until I see us counter and score score score I don't expect us to smoke anyone but, it does not mean we won't.
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My point was I doubt we will smoke anyone this year because imo we need more speed to this dink offense and bolster our interior line to help struggling running game next year.
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They have a good defense. People forget that. Stop it.
Yeah they've played: The Rams, The Lions, The Bucs, The Panthers, and The Chiefs.

Our defense would look like the 2nd coming, if we played those 5 games.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:01 PM   #22
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i'll take a 1 point victory.
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:03 PM   #23
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I seem to recall we played the Redskins once when all their RBs were out and they started an unknown.
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I seem to recall we played the Redskins once when all their RBs were out and they started an unknown.
the 2001 Redskins/Broncos game was the worst 60 minutes of NFL football I've ever seen
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the 2001 Redskins/Broncos game was the worst 60 minutes of NFL football I've ever seen
, that was horrible.

Worst thing that happened was knocking Tony Banks out of the game.

I remember seeing on TV that NOBODY was in the upper level late in the game.
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