Redskins place Clinton Portis on injured reserve

Clinton Portis’ run with the Washington Redskins appears to have come to an end.

The running back has been placed on season-ending injured reserve today, according to the Twitter account of Jason Reid of the Washington Post. He had a groin injury that forced him to miss most of the first half of the season. He returned to start Sunday at Tennessee and re-injured himself. Although Portis expressed optimism about his chance to play this Sunday against Minnesota, his season was ended.

Remember when the Redskins were rolling with the three-headed monster of Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker in training camp?

Portis’ season ends with 54 carries for 227 yards and two touchdowns. After the Redskins traded cornerback Champ Bailey to Denver for Portis in 2004, he produced four 1,000-yard season, including 1,516 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2005. But you have to wonder if the team would have been better off keeping one of the dominant cover men of his era instead of trading for the running back.

Portis will turn 30 next September before the start of the season. He could have some productive yards left in his legs, but it probably won’t be in a Redskins uniform.

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