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News & Notes: Portis Hopes to 'Keep Pushing'

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The Redskins may consider resting Clinton Portis this week as he returns from a neck injury suffered in Sunday's game against the New York Giants.

Portis has had a myriad of injuries in recent weeks, including a sprained knee.

It hasn't helped that the Redskins have played some physical, hard-hitting defenses in recent weeks, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, Dallas Cowboys and Giants.

Portis is "real sore" following the Giants game, head coach Jim Zorn said.

"His knee didn't get any worse, so he's going to get better," Zorn said. "We have to try to get him out there to practice. I'm hoping."

Portis had 11 carries for 22 yards against the Giants. He also caught a screen pass for 15 yards.

It was on the pass play that Portis injured his neck.

Despite the injuries, Portis said after Sunday's game that he wants to play as long as he's able.


"You come to the realization, 'I've got all offseason to recover,' and I don't want to go home early," Portis said. "I want to find a way to keep pushing week-in and week-out, keep fighting with my teammates.

"If I take a blow that takes me, then it takes me out. But if I can continue to fight back, I'm going to fight back."

Portis also knows that there's a renewed sense of urgency as the team heads down the final stretch of the regular season.

"There is a long road ahead of us, and we're not out of the playoffs," he said. "Back two weeks ago, everybody was down on the Cowboys, and now the Cowboys are America's greatest team again. I think we're in the same situation [the Cowboys were in two weeks ago].

"There's still a lot of season ahead of us and we've got to find a way to capitalize and win the games we've got coming up."

In terms of his status, it appears that Portis--at the very least--will be limited in practice this week.

"That's not really what I would like," Zorn said. "I would love everybody to practice. But I know that certain guys can get by without practice. London Fletcher didn't practice [last week] and he did a pretty good job [against the Giants]. But it's not what we want.

"Really, for Clinton, right now it has to do with how his neck feels and if he can actually go out there and practice with a stiff neck. We'll see what happens."

Portis is second in the NFL with 1,228 rushing yards on 255 carries.

-- STAYING WITH SUISHAM

The Redskins have no plans to bring in a new kicker at this stage of the season, Jim Zorn said on Monday.

Shaun Suisham missed a 42-yard field goal at the end of the first half of Sunday's loss to the Giants. The field goal would have narrowed the Giants' lead to 13-10 at the break and given the Redskins momentum in the second half.

Zorn said the snap from Ethan Albright to Ryan Plackemeier was a little high, but still "doable" for Suisham.

"Because the timing was a little off, his plant foot got too close to the ball," Zorn said. "It's that simple. The kick was far enough, but he didn't get his hips through [to kick it straight]."

Suisham called the miss "frustrating."

"I mis-kicked it," he said when asked about it on Monday.

-- FLETCHER UPDATE

London Fletcher was back in a walking boot on Monday due to swelling in his injured foot.

Rest is the cure to get the swelling down, Jim Zorn said.

With rest, it's expected that Fletcher will be available to play against the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday.

Fletcher's services are key because the Ravens have the NFL's fourth-best rushing attack. They boast three running backs with more than 400 yards.

Marcus Washington is not expected to be available again this week as he recuperates from a high ankle sprain.

H.B. Blades has started in his place each of the last two games.

-- SPRINGS AGGRAVATES CALF INJURY

Shawn Springs re-injured his calf during Sunday's game and his status is day to day, Jim Zorn said.

Springs has missed five games this season due to the injury, which he suffered before the Redskins' season opener.

"It keeps him from allowing him to burst," Zorn said. "It continues to re-occur, so it doesn't have the strength and stamina that he needs--and we need--for him to be out there."

Springs has 24 tackles, one sack and one interception this season.

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