Clinton Portis ready to return to action for Redskins

Clinton Portis will return to action for the Washington Redskins for the first time since missing five consecutive games with a serious groin muscle pull.

It’s good timing because the man who replaced him Ryan Torain remains sidelined with a pulled hamstring. The Redskins hoped Torain could play last Monday against the Philadelphia Eagles, but he tweaked the injury in warm-ups and was held out. Now, he could be sidelined into December.

According to Rick Maese of the Washington Post, there hasn’t been a significant drop off in the running game, but Portis’ absence has impacted pass protection, particularly on third down. He’s skilled when it comes to blitz recognition and handles the role well.

"You've got a guy with a lot of experience. We know what type of blocker he is. If he can come back full speed, he adds a lot to our offense," Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. "He's got a lot of confidence, knows the system, knows defenses. He's got a little bit of a swagger to him that you like on the football field."

How the Redskins divide the action in the backfield remains to be seen. Rookie Keiland Williams started against the Eagles and gained 89 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns.

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