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Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Redskins place RB Portis on IR with broken hand

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ASHBURN, Virginia - Coach Joe Gibbs has already benched his starting quarterback. Now he's going to have to go without his best running back for the rest of the season.

The Washington Redskins on Wednesday placed Clinton Portis on injured reserve.

The move comes two days after Portis underwent surgery for a broken right hand. He suffered the injury in the first quarter of last Sunday's 27-3 loss at Philadelphia after being tackled by safety Brian Dawkins.

The Redskins (3-6) are in last place in the NFC East, three games behind the first-place New York Giants.

Gibbs decided to shake up the team by benching Mark Brunell and naming Jason Campbell, who has been inactive for all 25 games in his NFL career, as the starting quarterback for this weekend's game at Tampa Bay.

Now Ladell Betts will become the feature back for the rest of the season. He had 83 yards on 20 carries after replacing Portis in the loss at Philadelphia.

It has been an injury-plagued season for Portis, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder during the preseason. He returned for the opener and then missed a game.

Portis rushed for 523 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games this year. He's never been below 1,315 rushing yards in five seasons.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Portis rushed for a franchise-record 1,516 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

The Redskins signed blocking tight end Brian Kozlowski to replace Portis on the roster.

Kozlowski played for the Redskins the previous two seasons and totaled five catches for 55 yards. He spent three years with the Giants and seven seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.