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News & Notes: Portis, Springs Injury Update

Shawn Springs is listed as doubtful and Clinton Portis is listed as questionable for Monday night' season-opening game against the Minnesota Vikings.

Springs underwent surgery on his abdomen three weeks ago and has not practiced or played in any games since the Redskins' first preseason game.

If Springs is unable to play, then it is expected that veteran cornerback Kenny Wright would assume a starting role along-side Carlos Rogers. Mike Rumph and Ade Jimoh would serve in nickel packages.

Portis injured his shoulder in the Redskins' first preseason game and has been sidelined ever since. If Portis is unable to play, then it is expected that Ladell Betts, T.J. Duckett and Rock Cartwright would see time at running back.

The Redskins did not practice on Wednesday. The team resumes practice on Thursday afternoon and will continue to work through Saturday in preparation for the season opener.

Head coach Joe Gibbs has said that he would like both Portis and Springs to see action on the practice field before determining whether to activate them for the game.

The Redskins also list defensive end Renaldo Wynn as probable for Monday's game against the Vikings. Wynn is expected to return to practice later this week.


Joe Gibbs decision on the backup quarterback situation sparked widespread reaction from players.

On Monday, head coach Joe Gibbs said veteran Todd Collins will back up starter Mark Brunell on game days. If Brunell is expected to miss a game, then second-year player Jason Campbell would start, with Collins backing him up.

It's a unique situation. No one, not even Gibbs, could recall a similar QB setup.

Collins's reaction?

"I've been in a backup role for the last several years, so it's nothing new to me," Collins said. "You don't get any reps on the field as the backup, so most of it is mental preparation. It doesn't affect me too much."

Added Campbell: "To me, it shows a tremendous trust in me by the coaching staff At the same time, it's an opportunity for me to get better every day."

Asked about his readiness despite never having taken an NFL regular season snap, Campbell replied: "I feel I have enough under my belt to understand the offense and its philosophy, especially the different things that we do. Each quarterback brings something different to the game, whether it's physical abilities or something mental."

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