For Portis, the only good news was that he won't play again this preseason."I don't know why myself or any other player of my caliber should be playing in the preseason," said Portis, a sling over his left shoulder as he departed Redskins Park."I think for the last four years I've done enough to show the world I'm going to be ready for the season."Portis partially dislocated his shoulder in Sunday night's 19-3 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, then afterward revived the debate whether the preseason is too long and if proven veterans should be playing at all.
In a stunning story published by , Portis recalls sitting in his car four years ago with a pistol at his side, waiting for the former financial advisers who allegedly duped him into faulty investments leading to his bankruptcy.From 2004 to 2010 Portis rushed for 6,824 yards and 46 touchdowns in 84 games for the Redskins.Portis rushed for more than 1,200 yards in six of his nine NFL seasons with the Redskins and Denver Broncos.He finished with 9,923 rushing yards, 2,018 receiving yards and 80 total touchdowns (75 rushing, five receiving).Portis' last NFL game was with the Redskins in November 2010.
– Clinton Portis, who ranks behind only franchise legend John Riggins in Redskins career rushing yards, admits he was on the verge of murdering the men he says cheated him out of millions.
Gibbs said Portis' comments were made in frustration, and the coach declined to pass judgment on whether four preseason games were too many.
He did say, however, that the Redskins began training camp as late as possible and did not have live tackling during practices, so the games were important for all his players regardless of the risk of injury."You don't want to run the risk unless you feel it's something super important," Gibbs said.
Critics cite the risk of injuries and that players no longer need the games to get in shape because most take part in year-round conditioning programs.
Two years ago, the Redskins lost tackle Jon Jansen for the season with a ruptured Achilles' tendon in the first preseason game.
He was also concerned that opposing tacklers will target the shoulder once the regular season begins. He set a franchise record with nine 100-yard games last season, and his five straight 100-yard games in December and January coincided with a five-game winning streak that led to the team's first playoff berth in six years.