Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis will miss the next 4-6 weeks with a groin injury, according to coach Mike Shanahan. This will be the second consecutive season Portis has missed a significant amount of time, and Shanahan does not have many options. This is the downside of the reclamation projects known as Larry Johnson and Willie Parker, who went to training camp with the Redskins for no apparent reason.
Washington's lead back is Ryan Torain and his backup is someone named Chad Simpson. The Redskins will certainly have to add another running back to the roster, but it shouldn't have come to this. Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs always told me that Portis was an absolute warrior once you got him in games. But until this past offseason, he pretty much blew off the Redskins' voluntary conditioning program.
There was really no reason to enter training camp with three aging backs. And it's not like Shanahan knew enough about Torain to think he'd ultimately be the answer. He missed most of his rookie season with a knee injury and was released from the Broncos in 2009.
Shanahan left himself thin at running back and wide receiver. Now he's paying the price. Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings may have saved their season with a stunning trade for Randy Moss. The Skins will stick with Santana Moss and Joey Galloway, who's hoping to celebrate his 40th birthday with the Skins someday.