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.