CINCINNATI -- Running back Clinton Portis partially
dislocated his left shoulder during the Washington Redskins' opening series of
the preseason Sunday night, a significant setback for the Redskins'
An MRI test detected the injury, which involves the bone popping
out of place temporarily in the shoulder socket. Standard treatment
involves rest and strengthening exercises.
There was no immediate indication how long he will be sidelined.
Portis opened the game by carrying for 8 yards, then blocked on
pass plays. He didn't return for the next series, and headed for
the locker room a little while later without his jersey to get the
The Redskins got Portis from Denver in a trade for cornerback
Champ Bailey in March 2004. He started 15 games for the Redskins
the next season, and ran for more than 1,300 yards for the third
Portis started every game last season, running for a club-record
1,516 yards. He had nine 100-yard games, helping the Redskins win
10 games and reach the playoffs as a wild-card team.
He was counted on again to steady an offense that has undergone
significant changes in the offseason. Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who
called the plays throughout his career, turned the offense over to
assistant Al Saunders in the offseason.
Portis' backup is Ladell Betts, who carried 89 times for 338
yards in 12 games last season and missed four games because of a
The Redskins' corps of running backs sustained another injury in
the second quarter Sunday, when Kerry Carter had to be helped off
the field with an injured right knee. Carter was signed as a free
agent in January after missing last season.
Washington's second-string linebacker Chris Clemons sprained a
ligament in his left knee late in the first quarter. Clemons, who
started one game last season, had a brace placed on the knee before
he was helped off the field. He didn't put weight on his left leg.