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