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Report: Patriots work out Portis

Veteran running back has played in only 13 games the past two seasons. Terry McCormick

Print This August 19, 2011, 06:30 PM EST

A source has told Ian Rapaport of the Boston Herald that veteran running back Clinton Portis was in town to work out for the New England Patriots.

The Patriots said, of course, that Danny Woodhead was OK after taking a hard hit in Thursday night's victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. But the fact that they are kicking the tires on Portis is interesting.

On Sept. 1, Portis turns 30 – the magic age when running backs' productivity often begins to disintegrate. To boot, he has gained just just 721 yards in 13 games played over the past two seasons.

That's the bad news. The good news is that Portis is still only two years removed from a 1,400-yard season for the Washington Redskins and even in his two injury-wracked years in 2009 and 2010, he still averaged better than four years per carry.

Rapaport says the Patriots' signing of appears to be a long shot, but sometimes Bill Belichick has a knack of taking a guy thought to be past most productive days and squeezing quality performances out of him. See Moss, Randy among many others.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com
 

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