Redskins saying goodbye to Clinton Portis

The Washington Redskins could release veteran running back Clinton Portis as soon as tomorrow, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. And I hope this isn't catching anyone by surprise.

Portis was to make $8 million in 2011, and there's no way the Redskins could roll the dice with him for another season. Coach Mike Shanahan made the questionable decision to enter training camp last year with a stable of aging running backs. He certainly appreciates Portis' talent as much as anyone, but you can't commit that type of money to someone who misses so many games to injury.

Former Redskins coach Joe Gibbs had an incredible amount of respect for Portis because of his willingness to play through pain. Gibbs would get emotional when he talked about how much passion the running back displayed during games. But Portis wasn't a player who liked hanging around Redskins Park in the offseason, often choosing to work out on his own.

Shanahan convinced him to put in the work this past offseason, but it didn't keep him from suffering a groin injury that landed him on injured reserve. Some team might give Portis an opportunity as a backup running back, but his starting days are likely over.