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Saturday, October 3, 2009
Don't bet against Portis playing

By Dan Graziano

Posted by's Matt Mosley

Redskins running back Clinton Portis is no stranger to the injury report, but he normally finds a way to play through the pain. I think Washington needs him more than ever against the Bucs on Sunday. And even though coach Jim Zorn called him "50-50" with a calf bruise and ankle issues, I fully expect Portis to be on the field Sunday.
"It's not a concern for me," Portis told reporters at Redskins Park on Wednesday. "I know how to go out and play without practicing. I can go out and play. I think I'm in shape. You watch me play in the game on Sunday, I think I picked up my assignment, I know my assignment. I know what I'm supposed to do, and I try to get it done."
Marcus Mason and Ladell Betts would likely split carries if Portis isn't able to go. I think it's time for the Redskins to give Mason some more touches. We know what Betts is. I'd love to find out how Mason would respond in a big spot. And don't let Sunday's opponent fool you. This is the biggest game of the season for Washington so far.