Insider Notes: Portis Pessimistic On Playing

Redskins Insider Notes 09.07.06--It appears that barring a dramatic improvement Clinton Portis will have to sit out the season opener.

...Running back Clinton Portis (shoulder) is pessimistic about his chances of playing in the opener. He said he's 75-percent healthy and wants to be 100 percent before he returns to the field.

''You've got to look at the long run and the overall season,'' Portis said, ''instead of jumping back early and playing in this game and then missing key games we've got coming up behind this.''

Portis did take some work with pads on, according to coach Joe Gibbs, but it was minimal. He's listed as questionable on the depth chart.

...Corner Shawn Springs (abdomen) also is taking a long-term view regarding the opener. He's listed as doubtful and there's little reason to believe he'll play. Springs said he's not ruling himself out -- the Redskins don't like their players to do so unless it's obvious. But it's clear there's little chance of him playing.

Also, when he had his surgery on Aug. 15, he was supposed to be out at least four to six weeks. That meant he would miss the opener.

''It's a serious injury where you don't want to come back too early and then have a setback and miss more time,'' Springs said. ''When I get out there I'll be back better than ever. I'm taking my time; I'm just trying to get healthy.''

...Jon Jansen is genuinely annoyed at the talk of HgH use by players and athletes in general. So that's why he spoke up; Jansen also would like to become a color analyst when his playing days are over and having the ability to speak out on a topic is beneficial.

But Jansen said he's not sure how many players are really using human growth hormones. He based his estimate of 15-20 percent on the belief that a ''small number'' of players are using HgH. In reality, he's not sure how many are using it.

...End Renaldo Wynn (ankle) practiced and said he'll likely play Monday against Minnesota. He's listed as probable.


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