Portis: 'There's no need for me to rush back'

When he is healthy to return, Clinton Portis will be the starting running back for the Washington Redskins.

Ladell Betts rushed for 114 yards in the Redskins’ 27-17 victory over the Denver Bronocs on Sunday, a win that snapped the team’s four-game losing streak. Portis sat out with a concussion.

“I don't want this to be something where Ladell came in and did a wonderful job, good grief, he really did a tremendous job, and yet have Clinton lose his job because Ladell came in in support,” coach Jim Zorn said. “I think it's just exciting to know we've got two running backs who can run the ball.”

Portis suffered the concussion at Atlanta on Nov. 8 and it is not known yet if he will return Sunday at Dallas. Based on what happened to Philadelphia’s Brian Westbrook after he sat out just two games with a concussion and then returned, it might be wise for him to rest.

Zorn said Portis was dealing with headaches and ringing in his ears last week, and he suffered a concussion when he played in college at Miami.

Portis called it a “major situation” according to the Twitter account of the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg, and said he expects to be restored as the starter when he’s healthy.

“If Ladell is gonna help us win, I'm all for it, but as far as me losing my starting position, I doubt that,’’ Portis said. “As long as Ladell runs well, there's no need for me to rush back. But as soon as I get back, I would love to contribute.”

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