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Torain Expected to Play, Portis Unlikely


With their next game not until Monday night, the Redskins got in an extra practice on Saturday and gave coach Mike Shanahan another chance to look at his injured group of running backs.

Shanahan said Ryan Torain (hamstring) should be ready to play against the Philadelphia Eagles but he hedged his bet on Clinton Portis (groin).

Torain missed the second half of the last game, against the Detroit Lions on Oct. 31, but benefited from rest during the bye week and an easing back into the practice rotation.

"He's had no setback. If he doesn't have a setback tomorrow, he should be full speed," Shanahan said. "The last two, three days he's been feeling much better."

Portis (groin) has missed four games with what was originally termed an injury that could keep him out six weeks. Will he suit up for the Eagles?

"I really don't know. It's going to be a game-time decision," Shanahan said. "He got a little bit more practice in today. I'm just hesitant to put him in too quick. I don't want to set him back. I'll get a better feel after tomorrow and before the Monday night game.

"You see how he feels tomorrow. He's a veteran player, he's very competitive. You've got to do what's right for him as well as for the football team. You want to make sure that if he does play, we don't set him back the rest of the season."

Punt and kick returner Brandon Banks, who had knee surgery during the bye week but returned to practice in a limited fashion on Friday, was "a little sore today. You could kind of guess that was going to happen. He got some work in today. That will be a game-time decision. The good part about it, there's a chance."

If Banks can't go, the Redskins could turn to Phillip Buchanon to handle punts and Chad Simpson, a reserve running back, on kickoffs.

"We've got some good options. We have people who have done it before so that's always good," Shanahan said. "Usually it's tough on a Monday night game to put somebody there that's never been back there before in a game situation."

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