Monday, November 13, 2006
Redskins RB Portis undergoes surgery for broken hand
ASHBURN, Virginia - Washington Redskins running back
Clinton Portis will be sidelined for three to four weeks after
undergoing surgery for a broken right hand on Monday.
Portis had three screws inserted into his right ring finger. He
is expected to wear a cast for at least a week before
continuing his rehabilitation.
The injury is another major blow for the Redskins (3-6), who are
mired in last place in the NFC East.
Portis suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-6
loss at Philadelphia after being tackled by Pro Bowl free
safety Brian Dawkins. He rushed for 25 yards on six carries
It has been an injury-plagued season for Portis, who suffered a
dislocated left shoulder during the preseason. The Pro Bowler
returned for the opener and then missed a game.
Portis has rushed for 523 yards and seven touchdowns in eight
games this season. He's never been below 1,315 rushing yards in
A two-time Pro Bowler, Portis rushed for a franchise-record
1,516 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.
Veteran Ladell Betts, who rushed for 83 yards on 20 carries
after replacing Portis on Sunday, should see a majority of
carries in Portis' absence.