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Date published: 11/25/2009




--Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis hopes that his blurred vision stemming from a recent concussion will subside in time for him to play against the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 6.

Portis said yesterday on his weekly radio show that he has passed some tests that evaluated other aftereffects of the concussion he suffered on Nov. 8, but blurred vision still is preventing him from playing.

"My vision, just sitting still, it's fine," Portis said on ESPN980-AM. "Moving is when now and then it's blurry. I can sit still and read everything you put up in front of me, but when you move me and you shake my head around, that's where the blurriness comes in and we're having the focus issues."

He added that doctors have advised him not to look at his cell phone. Bright lights can aggravate concussion symptoms.

Portis hasn't spoken to reporters since he was injured, but he continues to fulfill his weekly paid radio obligation.

During yesterday's interview, he seemed dismayed and perplexed by the Redskins' play-calling arrangement. Washington is using a unique system that involves three play-callers: offensive consultant Sherm Lewis calls the pass plays, offensive coordinator Sherman Smith calls the runs and head coach Jim Zorn calls the two-minute offense and interjects when he feels so inclined.

"That's the Washington Redskins," he said. "Somehow, some way, we're going to make things harder."


Redskins owner Daniel Snyder declined to answer in detail questions about the state of the team during a brief interview yesterday at the team's annual Thanksgiving charity event.

"We're hoping to get things straightened out in the near future," he said.

Snyder has remained mum this season other than to apologize to fans earlier this month. His operating methods and policies have been the target of heavy fan criticism as the Redskins (3-7) have floundered on the field.

Asked whether fans can expect changes in the organization, Snyder ended the interview, which lasted less than one minute.

"Thanks. See you guys. Happy Thanksgiving," Snyder said before walking away.


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