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News & Notes: Torain Has Hamstring Injury, Portis Uncertain


Running backs Ryan Torain and Clinton Portis are progressing from injuries but they are uncertain for the Week 10 game against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Torain had an MRI on Monday after he injured his hamstring in Sunday's game at Detroit.

"The MRI on Torain was good [news]," head coach Mike Shanahan said. "So there wasn't a tear. Does that mean he'll be able to go next Monday? I'm hoping so."

Torain leads the Redskins' offense with 391 rushing yards and 91 carries and three touchdowns. He also has eight catches for 55 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown grab in the Lions game.

It certainly helps Torain that the Redskins have a bye this week and he can get some extended rest.

Meantime, Portis has been sidelined since Week 4 with a groin injury.

He is nearing the end of his rehab, but he may need time to get back into football shape, Shanahan said.

"My feeling with a guy coming back – let's say Clinton is able to practice next week, it normally takes a guy a couple weeks to get back into football shape," he said. "That would be my guess if he is able to go full speed on Monday.

"It'll take a couple of weeks before he plays. You never know for sue. It might be a little quicker, it might take a little bit longer."

Portis had 195 yards and two touchdowns on 45 carries before his injury.

With Torain sidelined in the second half of the Lions game, rookie Keiland Williams took the bulk of reps.

Chad Simpson was deactivated with a hamstring injury.


Head coach Mike Shanahan said the Redskins would likely take a look at wide receiver Randy Moss, who was released on Monday by the Minnesota Vikings.

"We're always looking at the best scenario to help our football team win," Shanahan said. "That's what we'll do as an organization. We'll take a look at Randy and make a decision if he gives us a better chance to help our football team win."

Moss is a 4-time Pro Bowler who has 948 receptions, 14,778 receiving yards and 153 touchdowns in stints with the Vikings, Oakland Raiders and New England Patriots.

Moss has had some controversial incidents on and off the field, and Shanahan said all of that would be taken into account if the team considers Moss.

"I think you look at everything," he said. "You look at his skill, ability, where he could help you possibly, and all of the factors you just mentioned relative to what he's done and where he has been, how he fits in. And then you make a decision."

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