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Portis? Seahawks' veteran parade continues

RENTON, Wash. -- News that Clinton Portis is visiting the Seattle Seahawks provides an opportunity to revisit the running back position heading into Pete Carroll's second season as head coach.

Portis is 29 years old and has broken down physically. He would not project as a long-term answer for the Seahawks if they did decide to sign him.

The Seahawks have visited with several veterans recently, including center Andre Gurode and fullback Mike Karney. Neither has signed with the team. There are no indications yet suggesting Portis will sign.

Seahawks starter Marshawn Lynch has missed time with an ankle injury recently. This is the second consecutive summer Lynch has missed preseason games with an ankle issue. Carroll said Lynch could play if these were regular-season games, but the team wants to be careful.

I'm interested in seeing how the Seahawks divide opportunities between Justin Forsett and Leon Washington. Lynch projects as the starter and power back on early downs, provided he's healthy. Forsett and Washington have both demonstrated value within situational roles. Washington has made strides physically in his second season back from leg surgery, commanding additional touches.

Forsett fared well as an every-down back for a few games during the 2009 season, topping 120 yards rushing in the two games he carried more than 15 times.