Portis among 8 Redskins injured vs Titans

Washington running back Clinton Portis is hoping the major
injury he thought he suffered to the groin that kept him out of the
past five games is simply scar tissue that ripped and not the
muscle itself.

Portis started Sunday and had five carries for 32 yards in the
Redskins’ 19-16 overtime win over Tennessee. But he got hurt and
returned to the sideline in street clothes in the second half. He
said he thought it was a major injury early, but felt better after
the game.

”I am going to get the MRI tomorrow and go through everything
we need to go through. I just hope it was scar tissue, and I’ll be
back on the field Sunday,” Portis said.

Portis had plenty of company trudging to the sideline with
injuries, one of at least eight Redskins who got hurt Sunday.

Coach Mike Shanahan said running back Chad Simpson, who hurt his
fifth metacarpal, will have surgery. Center Casey Rabach will have
an MRI exam on a knee injury, and Shanahan said doctors thought
linebacker Rocky McIntosh has a fairly severe groin injury.

Then Shanahan joked, ”Everybody’s a long shot.”

The Redskins came in without three starters due to injuries. It
got worse when Simpson got hurt in pregame warmups and went
downhill from there.

Washington safety Anderson Russell, who started for LaRon
Landry, slid to the turf and hurt his leg on an 87-yard punt return
by Marc Mariani in the first quarter. He had to be helped off the

When Rabach left, Will Montgomery slid over from right guard
where he started for Artis Hicks. The Redskins had to move a tackle
over to guard. Derrick Dockery, active for the first time in weeks,
went in at right guard and had to be helped off the field in the
second quarter. So backup tackle Stephon Heyer played right

”We just kept dropping,” Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall
said. ”Guy after guy, play after play. Sometimes in back-to-back
plays. I’ve never been a part of anything like that. It just shows
the resilience of the guys in this locker room.”

Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth said he’d never seen
anything like it.

”When Derrick Dockery went down and the coach was like, ‘Are
you ready to play offensive line?’ I said, ‘If you think we had a
problem with the 3-4, we’d have a real big problem with the o-line
stuff,”’ Haynesworth said.

Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander also hurt a hamstring.