Biggs: Portis won't catch Riggins this season

The Diesel’s record is going to remain safe, at least for the remainder of this season.

John Riggins, Washington’s all-time leading rusher, has an ongoing feud with Clinton Portis, who entered this year on the heels of Riggins’ mark. There is no way he is going to pass him this season, not with Portis still sidelined with post-concussion symptoms.

The report today is that Portis is still suffering occasional dizziness. He will not play Sunday against New Orleans and could miss the Redskins’ game next week at Oakland. He is slated to travel to Pittsburgh on Monday and meet with concussion specialist Dr. Joseph Maroon at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Riggins’ franchise mark is 7,472 yards and Portis was going to need a blockbuster season to surpass him in 2009. He’s now at 6,597, leaving the Super Bowl XVII MVP safe for now.

“The idea for him to be a legend, and to hate as much as he hate,” Portis said prior to the start of the season. “To be upset that I'm on his tracks, for the comments or the ill will that he has toward me and don't know me. You know, it's crazy. You did your thing. The people around here love you, and I'm not trying to replace you. I don't want to be you. Your background check and my background check are totally different, so I really don't feel like he can comment on nothing I do.”

What Portis’ role is in the future with the Redskins, well, that remains to be seen. If (when?) the Jim Zorn crew is shown the door at Redskins Park, a new staff will come in and they will have to decide on Portis, whose production has dipped. Now, keep in mind he’s been running behind shoddy lines, but the bang for the buck might make Portis a difficult decision for any new coach.

Follow me at Twitter: BradBiggs

Upcoming Games