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    Reverse run? Gibbs says Portis will be backup

    ASHBURN, Va. -- In a surprise announcement, coach Joe Gibbs said Saturday he thinks Clinton Portis will be a backup in the Washington Redskins' Monday night opener against the Minnesota Vikings

    Gibbs was testy as he wrapped up a week of mystery over whether his star running back had recovered sufficiently from a partially left dislocated shoulder. Portis was upgraded from questionable to probable on the injury report, although Ladell Betts remains set to start.

    "If I had to say, I think Ladell will start and Clinton will play a backup role in the game," Gibbs said. "That's the way I think it's going to go. I think that's what we've tried to accurately portray during the week."

    It isn't what Portis has portrayed. On Thursday, Portis all but ruled himself out of the game and said he was only 75 percent healthy. On Friday, he said he wasn't even sure he would return in time for the Week 2 game at Dallas, then joked that he was up to 83 percent.

    On Saturday, Portis changed his tune.

    "I'm about 93.9 right now," he said. "I've still got two more days to get to 100 percent. ... At the rate things have been increasing, it looks pretty good."

    Portis practiced Friday and Saturday, when the team wore shorts. Portis took part in only a portion of Thursday's full-pads practice, leaving open how well he has tested the shoulder. Portis has expressed concern that tacklers will target his left shoulder once he returns.

    "We haven't had a lot of physical contact since I've been trying to go," Portis said. "So it's basically mental, being in the right place and doing the right things, getting timing down -- just in case."

    Gibbs took exception to the notion that he would play Portis without proper preparation.

    "He's practiced," Gibbs shot back. "I'm not 'throwing him in' there."

    Gibbs didn't say how much Portis would be used. Portis hasn't played since hurting the shoulder while making a tackle in the Aug. 13 exhibition opener at Cincinnati.

    "We'll kind of let the game portray what role that will be," Gibbs said.

    Also Saturday, the Redskins downgraded defensive end Renaldo Wynn from probable to doubtful. Wynn, who has a sprained right ankle, did not practice Saturday.

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    Re: Reverse run? Gibbs says Portis will be backup

    They will save him for Dallas and not risk injury. I think this is gamemanship from Gibbs. I would be shocked to see Portis come off the bench.

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    Re: Reverse run? Gibbs says Portis will be backup

    who knows?

    from profootballtalk.com

    PORTIS UPGRADED TO "VIRTUAL CERTAINTY"

    A day after Redskins running back Clinton Portis suggested the we might not see "2-6" until Week Two, the 'Skins upgraded him from questionable to probable.

    And one of the common misperceptions that we are determined to debunk this season is that "probable" means only that a player is "75 percent" likely to play.

    It means, as we reported last year and as the Patriots' official site demonstrates, that there is a "virtual certainty" that the player will be available for normal duty.

    On Thursday, Portis said he was 75 percent healthy.
    On Friday, Portis declared that he was at 83 percent.

    Saturday?
    "I'm about 93.9 right now," he said. "I've still got two more days to get to 100 percent. . . .
    At the rate things have been increasing, it looks pretty good."

    A reader has pointed out to us that "93.9" is the FM frequency of WKYS, the leading hip hop/R&B radio station in D.C.
    Given Portis' penchant for showmanship, it could be that his use of "93.9" is intended to be a message to fans of the station that he's going to play.


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    Re: Reverse run? Gibbs says Portis will be backup

    IF he plays, the Vikes DL will put him on the DL!!!
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    Re: Reverse run? Gibbs says Portis will be backup

    i am pretty sure he will not see any action.
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