Clinton Portis returned to practice for Redskins

Lost in the shuffle made by the Washington Redskins to explain the explanations they’ve made for benching quarterback Donovan McNabb in the closing minutes of the team’s loss at Detroit on Sunday was the return of Clinton Portis.

Such news would typically get top billing. But as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan worked to clarify the matter, and McNabb essentially said he had no idea what in the world Shanahan was talking about, other news got pushed aside.

Portis practiced Tuesday for the first time in a month as he’s been shelved for a groin muscle injury.

“He took a few plays today, which is a good sign," coach Mike Shanahan said, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post. "I can't tell ya if he's 60 percent, 70 percent, but he's biting at the bit to get back, which is a good sign. Hopefully, he'll keep on improving over the bye week."

Per the report, Portis was expected to miss four to six weeks, so he could still be out for some time. The plan is for him to continue to rehab. The players have been cut loose for the bye week.

"He made a few cuts today, which was a good sign,” Mike Shanahan said. “He didn't have any repercussions by it, which is very positive. So this week, hopefully, he can just get some more endurance in, kind of test himself a little bit more and see where he's at on Monday."

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