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Portis would accept playing behind Torain when he returns
Redskins running back Clinton Portis hasn’t spoken publicly to local reporters since tearing his groin muscle off the bone against Philadelphia on Oct. 3, so we’re forced to get his insight via those who pay him to talk.
And on his radio show on 106.7 The Fan today, Portis said he’d accept a coach’s decision to keep Ryan Torain as the starter after he returns.
“There’s no guarantees in life,” he said. “What I need to is go out and be able to help this team however I can, whichever way I can. That’s a decision for them to make. When they make that decision, I’ve still got to come to work and get the job done.”
Portis hopes to return for the Nov. 15 game against Philadelphia. However, he feels no need to rush back because Torain is playing well in his place.
“I think a lot of people when you get in this situation is like, you’ve got to rush back,” he said. “The team really needs you. But I think Ryan is playing great right now and he’s giving me an opportunity to really heal.”
Coach Mike Shanahan on Monday expressed hope that Portis will return for the Monday night game against Philadelphia. However, Portis refuses to risk a setback.
“I think, for myself, just continue these next two weeks of rehab getting in, working hard and pushing to the limit and just knowing for a fact that I can return and not have any limits or setbacks when I do step back,” he said. “That’s what I’m looking to do.”
When asked if he believes fans have forgotten about him, he used an extended analogy to simulataneously compare himself to former President George W. Bush and President Obama.
If I heard him right, Bush was forgotten, while Obama is trying to clean up Bush’s mess–Portis said he’s both forgotten and going to try to help when he comes back. Classic.
“Yeah, man, but that’s life,” he said. “If you step away—that’s like Bush leaving office. We came into a mess and a bad situation and all of a sudden Bush left and it became Obama’s problems. …Obama did this and Obama did that. Obama is in the office to try to straighten it up. I don’t think he was the one causing that. So I’m trying to straighten it up. I’m trying to come out and help and do whatever I can.
“But it’s instant. It’s not tomorrow. It’s not down the line or a year from now. It’s instant, like, what you did for me today. Show me something today. Today there’s nothing I can show you besides the attempt and opportunity that I’ve been given to try to go out and help in whatever way I can. That’s all you can do. You can’t worry about everything else because you’re not going to satisfy everybody.”
With Portis’s personal chef set to visit the radio station today, he finished the interview by asking the hosts to place an order of honey-baked ham for him for dinner. Mmmm, ham.