Posts Tagged ‘Clinton Portis

08
Oct
10

Portis out 4-6 weeks

 

Portis has rushed for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns so far this season with the Redskins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Ben Linton

For the second consecutive season, Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis will miss a significant amount of time due to an injury. Portis injured his groin Sunday in the Redskins win over the Eagles, which should keep him out for 4-6 weeks.

That leaves second-year man Ryan Torain as the Redskins feature back for the next couple weeks. Torain ran for 70 yards on 18 carries against Philadelphia, highlighted by an 12-yard run where he trucked Eagles safety Quentin Mikell on his way to the endzone. We aren’t sure about Torain’s durability, but he has potential and right now he’s all the Skins got.

Washington put themselves in a bind with this injury. With Larry Johnson and Willie Parker both released, Ladell Betts in New Orleans, and Marshawn Lynch now on the Seahawks, the Redskins are short at running back. The back up right now is Chad Simpson (who?) and Keiland Williams is on the practice squad. Expect the Redskins to pick up a running back, possibly bringing Johnson back as a third down option with Torain as the feature.

Mike Shanahan has been known to make stars out of ordinary backs, so let’s just hope that Torain becomes another Olandis Gary or Mike Anderson for a couple weeks. The Redskins definitely should make note of this and start looking at the best college running backs now, because Portis’s future is uncertain and we don’t know if Torain is the long-term answer. We may see someone new running the ball in D.C. next season.

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21
Sep
10

Redskins Release Larry Johnson

By Ben Linton

Larry Johnson’s short stint with the Washington Redskins has come to an end today, as the team announced that they released the veteran running back. In two games, Johnson accumulated two yards on five carries as a backup to Clinton Portis. His last rush as a Redskin came against the Texans, a 10-yard loss.

The running game has been a concern for Washington this far into the season, which only averages 53.5 yards per game, good for last in the league. Clinton Portis has scored two 1-yard touchdowns this season, but only has 96 yards on 31 carries (3.1 yard average.) Keiland Williams, a rookie out of LSU, has not had a carry so far this season. Ryan Torain is the other running back on the practice squad and gained 94 yards in preseason.

Another area of concern right now for Washington is the pass defense, where the Skins have allowed 745 yards in two games. Although Washington has faced two top-10 quarterbacks in Matt Schaub and Tony Romo, this unit will have to improve in order to have success in the future. This could help with the return of Safety Kareem Moore looming and the possibility of sticking DeAngelo Hall on each team’s top wide reciever. The Redskins have a great opportunity to fix their run offense and pass defense this week against a Rams team that ranks 30th in run defense and 23rd in pass offense.

Before you leave, check out this crucial Clinton Portis block on a Fred Davis 62-yard completion last Sunday.

08
Dec
09

Portis on Injured Reserve; Suisham Released

By Ben Linton

Redskins Running Back Clinton Portis has been placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the 2009-2010 season after suffering a concussion against Atlanta on Nov. 8th. Portis finishes the season with disappointing numbers: 124 carries, 494 yards, one touchdown and nine catches for 57 yards and a touchdown. He is expected to make a full recovery and be back healthy for next season.

After missing a 23-yard field goal that would have given Washington a win over the undefeated New Orleans Saints, Kicker Shaun Suisham has been released. Although he was 18 for 21 on the season, he missed two big kicks against Dallas and then the chip shot against New Orleans that cost the Redskins two big wins. Graham Gano, a rookie out of Florida State, will now kick for Washington. Good riddance Suisham.

12
Oct
09

‘Skins Slide, Panthers Prevail

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By Ben Linton

The Washington Redskins took at 17-2 lead with 10 minutes to go in the third quarter, but saw that all fade away as the Carolina Panthers scored 18 unanswered points to win 20-17. This was Carolina’s first win of the season, and Washington is now 2-3. Here’s the Good, The Bad, and The Ugly from Week 5.

The Good:

1. The Defense did a good job of forcing turnovers to give the offense a short field to work with. Albert Hanyesworth recovered a De’Angelo Williams’ fumble to give Washington the ball at Carolina’s 13 and De’Angelo Hall’s 44 yard interception to the 1 yard line also made it easy on the offense.

2. It was good to see Clinton Portis score a rushing and recieving touchdown, both his firsts of the year. If the Redskins are to turn this thing around, Portis has got to get it going and today was a small step in the right direction.

The Bad:

1. Besides the two short touchdown drives, the offense was stagnant, only amassing 198 yards.

2. When the game was on the line, the defense could not stop Carolina and let them run out the clock. Hall missed a key tackle on 3rd and 7 that allowed the Panthers to get a first down and kill the clock from there on out.

The Ugly:

1. With the score 17-12 with 10 minutes left, Washington forced a punt. Carolina’s Quinton Teal blocked Washington’s Byron Westbrook into returner Antwaan Randle El, and the ball bounced off Westbrook’s leg and the Panthers recovered. This proved to be the key turning point in the game, as Carolina would score two plays later to take the lead for good.

This loss hurts. Even worse than the one against the Lions. To be up 17-2 and have the game under control, then to just let it slip away, that’s a horrible feeling. I’m sure the Redskins players, coaches, and fans have a sick feeling after this game, and winning can be the only medicine. Hopefully they can rebound against the winless Chiefs next week. But who knows, we’ve given two teams their first win of 2009.

27
Sep
09

Dumbfounded in Detroit

Redskins Lions Football

By Ben Linton

It was bound to happen: The Detriot Lions snapped a 19-game losing streak and won this Sunday. Too bad it was against the Redskins. But a 13 point first half defecit was too much for Washington to overcome as they gave the Lions their first win since 2007. Once again, the good the bad and the ugly from week 3.

The Good:

Hard to say that anything was really that good, but slumping Santana Moss got back on track this season by hauling in a 57 yard touchdown pass and finished with 10 catches and 178 yards. Also, say what you want about him, but Jason Campbell threw for 34o yards and 2 touchdowns (one interception). He was not the reason that Washington lost this game.

The Bad:

Once again, Washington could not get anything going on the ground as Portis struggled with only 42 yards rushing. He has yet to find the end zone this year and this could become a huge problem for the Skins. Also, the Redskins D could not stop Lions running back Kevin Smith, as he ran for over 100 yards and averaged over 5 yards per carry. The Redskins made a couple of dumb plays, such as Campbell fumbling numerous times, crucial penalties that killed drives and helped the Lions score.

The Ugly:

The Redskins still could not score when in the red zone. On their first drive, the Skins drove all the way down to the 1 yard line and went for it on fourth and goal but could not get in. I like the call by Jim Zorn to go for it because it shows the aggression and faith he has in the O Line. It just wasn’t meant to be. The Offense and Defense both struggled mightily on third downs. The D gave up 10 of 18 3rd down conversions, and the Offense only managed to convert 2 of 10. But most importantly the Redskins lost to a team with a 19-game losing streak. Just unacceptable.

Although many people in Washington will begin to panic (including owner Daniel Snyder), patience will be the key with this team. It is only Week 3, and its not like the Lions were going to never win a football game this season, they will have more wins this season. This upcoming game against the Buccaneers is very important for the Skins, they can bounce back and break even at .500 next week with a win. Although it hurts bad right now, its not the end of the world. Congradulations to the Detriot Lions, you deserve it.




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