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Redskins to end Portis’ season with move to injured reserve

Clinton Portis’ season—and possibly his tenure with the Redskins—is over.

The team will place its first-string running back on the season-ending injured reserve list because of his lingering groin injury, according to a source with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because the team has not yet announced the move. Several players spoke openly about the move during a media session Wednesday morning.

Portis tore a muscle in his left groin off the bone in Washington’s 17-12 win over Philadelphia on Oct. 3. After being sidelined for seven weeks, he returned to the starting lineup against Tennessee last Sunday, only to aggravate the injury in the first quarter.

Portis, 29, has been the Redskins’ first-string running back since they acquired him in a blockbuster trade with the Denver Broncos in 2004. As the focal point of an offense that generally has struggled throughout his tenure, he rushed for 6,824 and 46 touchdowns.

In five games this year, he has totaled 227 rushing yards, two touchdowns and an average of 4.2 yards per carry.

The structure of Portis’ existing contract makes it relatively easy for the team to part with him this offseason. His deal runs through 2013, but there is no remaining guaranteed money, according to a source with knowledge of the contract. His non-guaranteed base salary is scheduled to increase from $7.2 million this year to $8.3 million next season. That’s quite a large sum for a player who will have missed 19 games in the last two seasons.

Portis currently sits 648 yards behind Hall of Famer John Riggins on the franchise’s all-time rushing list. Unless Portis restructures his deal, it appears likely that Riggins’ mark has withstood that challenge.

According to a report by the National Football Post, the Redskins signed free-agent running back Andre Brown.


  • Mike

    Time to draft a RB – what I forgot we’re talking about the Skins – time to see if we can get Emmit Smith to come out of retirement!

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