Cap flap: Redskins’ Portis subs Nats for Phillies

Sufficiently chastened for picking the wrong week to show love

for the city of Philadelphia, Clinton Portis switched headgear

Friday and wore a Washington Nationals baseball cap at


”Nats! Go Nats!” the Washington Redskins running back


Portis was making amends for the fashion faux pas he committed

Thursday, when he wore a Phillies cap during his locker room

interviews. That was bad timing, given that the Redskins play the

Eagles on Monday night.

Portis said his misstep wasn’t intentional. He simply picked out

the Phillies cap because it was red, and it went with his red


”I just had on a Texans hat. I had on a Giants hat. Who else? I

had on a New York hat, so I wear a hat every day,” he said. ”You

think I woke up, like ‘Oooh, I can’t put on this hat.’ It say

Phillies, not Eagles. You won’t ever see me with green on.”

It was pointed out to Portis on Thursday that the Nationals’

caps are red, so he could’ve kept his color scheme intact without

resorting to the opponent’s city. He answered that he didn’t own a

Nationals cap.

So where did he find one?

”The Nationals sent it over,” he said. ”Thank you Nats.”

On Friday, Portis ”got a little work in” during practice,

according to coach Mike Shanahan.

Portis, who has missed four games with a third degree separation

of his left groin, will see a doctor Saturday. He hasn’t been ruled

out for Monday’s game, but Shanahan said it’s important to be

careful when returning from that type of injury.

Running back Ryan Torain is day-to-day with a hamstring injury,

so the Redskins might promote a back from the practice squad for

the game.

Kick returner Brandon Banks caught some kicks during practice,

just nine days after having knee surgery. Shanahan said Banks will

be a game-time decision.

Notes: The team chose C Casey Rabach (offense), CB DeAngelo Hall

(defense) and LB Lorenzo Alexander (special teams) to join QB

Donovan McNabb and LB London Fletcher as captains for the rest of

the season. … Shanahan said he has cameras in every meeting room

to help keep tabs on his team. He says he got the idea from Hall of

Fame coach Bill Walsh in San Francisco. Asked if he has cameras in

the media room, Shanahan laughed and said: ”I know I can’t do