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Redskins savor a rare win

Date published: 11/17/2009


"You just feel so much better," linebacker/defensive end Brian Orakpo said. "Everybody is just so upbeat. Everybody is real excited. We can use this as momentum until the next game because it feels so good when you win.

"At the same time, you don't want to feel that's it, we're done and then go back and lose four more. We've got to keep progressing as a team, take this game as motivation and keep moving forward."

The Redskins will proceed this week without running back Clinton Portis, who still is experiencing symptoms of the concussion he suffered 10 days ago against Atlanta.

He is no longer suffering from headaches or ringing in his head, but he is not ready to return to practice because he is experiencing some blurriness when he moves his head quickly, Zorn said.

"If he doesn't practice all week long--it will be because of his concussion--I will not play him in the game," Zorn said.

Ladell Betts ran for 114 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries in Portis' absence. He was more explosive and elusive that Portis generally has been this season. Portis has battled numerous right-leg injuries, and the blocking in front of him has not been as good as it was for Betts on Sunday.

Zorn admitted that Betts provided some "explosiveness and suddenness," but as fan support builds for Betts to replace Portis as the starting running back, Zorn remains committed to Portis, if and when he returns to action.

"The issue is his health. That's the main thing, that's the only thing," Zorn said. "I don't want a guy to have to lose his job because he got a concussion. He's our running back, and who knows what kind of game he might have had?"

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