Redskins RB Portis undergoes surgery for broken hand

Updated: November 13, 2006, 7:47 PM ET

ASHBURN, Virginia - Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis will be sidelined for three to four weeks after undergoing surgery for a broken right hand on Monday.

Portis had three screws inserted into his right ring finger. He is expected to wear a cast for at least a week before continuing his rehabilitation.

The injury is another major blow for the Redskins (3-6), who are mired in last place in the NFC East.

Portis suffered the injury in the first quarter of Sunday's 27-6 loss at Philadelphia after being tackled by Pro Bowl free safety Brian Dawkins. He rushed for 25 yards on six carries before leaving.

It has been an injury-plagued season for Portis, who suffered a dislocated left shoulder during the preseason. The Pro Bowler returned for the opener and then missed a game.

Portis has rushed for 523 yards and seven touchdowns in eight games this season. He's never been below 1,315 rushing yards in five seasons.

A two-time Pro Bowler, Portis rushed for a franchise-record 1,516 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.

Veteran Ladell Betts, who rushed for 83 yards on 20 carries after replacing Portis on Sunday, should see a majority of carries in Portis' absence.

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