Redskins Back Portis Ahead of Schedule for Return

Redskins running back Clinton Portis is ahead of schedule as he tries to come back to the team after suffering from knee tendonitis and a shoulder injury. reports that Portis was able to participate in some drills and team work during all three days of the recent Redskins mini-camp. Portis will continue his rehab this week despite the Skins not having any planned workouts. He seemed in good spirits after the workout on Sunday.

“My shoulder feels really good but my knee is still a little sore from running around,” Portis said to the teams website. “My shoulder really hasn’t given me a problem. I am focusing on strengthening my quads right now so that I can get my knee healthy.” The good news for the Redskins is that Portis was not in line to be on the field at all for any of the practices, but did gut them out. Now his goal is just to get back to being as close to 100 percent as possible.

“It is now my time to work,” he said. “I am going to take a couple days off and then it’ll be getting in shape and getting ready for my teammates to depend on me again.” As Portis took the field, he was able to increase his workload a bit with each practice. He did see limited action on day one, but again took the field with more reps on day two, and more on day three.

“I was just out running around and [the knee] felt fine. I wanted to do the drills. I asked [running backs coach Earnest Byner] if I could do anything, and he said, ‘See how it feels,’ Portis said on the site. Head coach Joe Gibbs, who realizes that the season could indeed ride on the legs of his stud back, was happy with the way things went over the mini-camp. “We knew he was getting closer, but we kind of left it up to him as far as when to [practice],” Gibbs said. “He looked good. I think he’s ahead of schedule, so that is encouraging.”

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