Clinton Portis reports no setbacks

Making his weekly appearance on the Mike Wise Show with Holden Kushner on 106.7 The Fan, Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis said that his rehabilitation from a third-degree groin pull continues to go well, and that he has suffered no setbacks.

Portis suffered the groin pull on Oct. 3 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The diagnosis at the time was that he would be out four to six weeks. Portis hasn't granted interview requests since his injury, but has maintained his commitment to his radio appearance.

Portis told Wise and Kushner today that he still is aiming to return within that time frame. The Redskins have a bye on Nov. 7, so if that projection is accurate, he would be back in action either Nov. 15 against the Eagles, or the following week against the Tennessee Titans.

If and when Portis does return, he might have to fight to get his starting job back. Second-year player Ryan Torain has done well in Portis' absence and on Sunday rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries.

Portis praised his replacement, however, and said that he is glad to see him doing well for more than one reason.

"When you look at Ryan, what you see is the first tackler will never, ever get him down, and in the open field ... he really punishes them," Portis said. "For the time being, for Ryan to go out there and play the way he's playing and carrying this team, it makes me have an opportunity to fully recover even better. It means there's no rush or no pressure from the staff, like 'We need you this wee,' Ryan is carrying the load, he's helping the team until I can get back on that field."

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