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BY RICH CAMPBELL
The Washington Redskins are in no rush to get running back Clinton Portis back into the lineup after he suffered a concussion last Sunday. And that's OK with Portis, even if it means missing the chance to beat his former team.
Portis is "very, very doubtful" for Sunday's home game against the Denver Broncos, Redskins coach Jim Zorn said yesterday. Portis was knocked unconscious in the first quarter of last Sunday's game against Atlanta, and he skipped practice yesterday to meet with a doctor and have some tests evaluated.
Portis met with Zorn in Zorn's office yesterday morning, and "you could tell he wasn't quite 100 percent with his tests," Zorn said.
He added: "We're not going to mess around with the concussion."
Portis is known for playing through injuries, but he seems to be fine with a conservative approach to this one.
"I'm not going to go out just because it's the Broncos and put myself at risk and not give myself the proper recovery time," he said on Tuesday during his weekly appearance on ESPN980-AM. "I think me being on the field is more important in the long run than trying to rush back for a game."
Portis' acceptance of an extended recovery timetable belies his interpretation of a slew of recent studies on the long-term effects of concussions on NFL players.
More and more scientific evidence has emerged in the last few years detailing the severe health problems that result from concussions accumulated during NFL players' careers.
"When you look at all those tests and everything to come out, those are from people who never touched a football field," Portis said on the radio. "It's always somebody else that has got the greatest idea and think we shouldn't be going this way, but it's really not people that's been on the field. In football, it's rare that you're going to come out unscathed."
scuffle results in fines
Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth was fined by the NFL for his role in the Redskins' sideline skirmish with the Atlanta Falcons late in the second quarter last Sunday.
Free safety LaRon Landry also was fined for his late hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, which started the whole sideline incident.