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News & Notes: Portis Joins Elite Company

Clinton Portis has now rushed for 1,000 or more yards in all four of his NFL seasons, joining the ranks of some of the NFL's top running backs in accomplishing that feat.

Barry Sanders, Tony Dorsett, Eric Dickerson, Earl Campbell, Curtis Martin, Eddie George, Corey Dillon and LaDainian Tomlinson have also rushed for 1,000 or more yards in their first four NFL seasons.

Portis broke the 1,000-yard barrier for the fourth consecutive year in Sunday's 24-9 win over the St. Louis Rams. Portis currently has 1,079 yards on 249 carries and seven touchdowns this season.

Portis is on pace for 1,439 rushing yards this season, which would break Stephen Davis's team record by seven yards. Davis rushed for 1,432 yards in the 2001 season.

"If you want to talk about Clinton, the best thing you can do is look at all of his seasons together," head coach Joe Gibbs said. "Last year, we weren't real productive on offense and he had a year that paralleled John Riggins's best year.

"He's extremely tough. If you put his four years together, it's pretty phenomenal and we're thrilled to have him here."

On Sunday in St. Louis, Portis compiled 136 yards on 27 carries, with two touchdowns, against the Rams. His 47-yard touchdown run in the first quarter helped set the tone for the Redskins' dominant ground game. The offense compiled 257 rushing yards on Sunday.


Joe Salave'a is expected to increase his activity level this week and test his injured foot, but he remains doubtful for this Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Salave'a missed his first game of the season last Sunday. It was an appropriate time to rest him, given that the team was playing on Astroturf at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

The status of defensive tackle Cedric Killings, who injured his groin in practice last Friday, remains uncertain. He did not play in the St. Louis game, either.

Meantime, safety Ryan Clark sustained an ankle injury in Sunday's win over the St. Louis Rams and his status is day to day, team officials said.

On the offensive side of the ball, running back Ladell Betts is expected to return to practice this week. He has been sidelined the last three games with a knee injury.

Wide receiver James Thrash's hamstring is improving, but he remains day to day.

Said head coach Joe Gibbs: "With James, it's going to be close. He has made big progress. Nobody is better in getting workouts in. He's doing everything he can in the world to try and get back. I think it will be tough for him this week, but we need him back, I will tell you that. He gives us a big lift on teams and also on offense."


Sunday's game was the first time the Redskins wore white-on-white jerseys and pants since Week 3 of the 2003 season.

As you may recall, the Redskins wore white-on-white uniforms for the first three games that year, including the nationally televised, season-opening 16-13 win over the New York Jets. After a 33-31 win over the Atlanta Falcons in Week 2, the Redskins lost to the New York Giants 24-21 in Week 3.

The Redskins never wore white-on-whites again--until last Sunday in St. Louis. Overall, their record with that color combination is 3-1.

No word yet on whether the Redskins' fashion trend will continue this Sunday in Arizona.


Gibbs told reporters on Monday that the team briefly looked into wide receiver Peerless Price, a 7-year veteran who was released by the Dallas Cowboys last week. Price has 347 career receptions, including a 94-catch season in 2002.

Redskins officials are taking a pass, however.

"We all talked it over," Gibbs said. "We felt like [signing Price] would not fit with us right now."

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