Portis, Sellers have "heated verbal exchange"

The Redskins running game has struggled all year, and frustration is beginning to boil over.

Clinton Portis and his fullback Mike Sellers reportedly had to be separated and restrained during a verbal altercation earlier this week at the Redskins team facility.

According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, Sellers confronted Portis after hearing that Portis requested that Sellers be replaced during Washington’s win over Tampa.

Sellers is in his sixth season with Washington and the problems apparently stemmed from a failed fourth-and-goal play against the Lions in which Sellers blew his assignment.  Portis reportedly asked the coaching staff for blocking tight end Todd Yoder to replace Sellers during the Bucs game.

Reid references a source that no punches were exchanged and it was just a case of “players blowing off steam.” 

That may very be true to an extent, and we understand that things can get heated between co-workers, especially during a game.  But this incident happened a day after the game, and it’s more than just a receiver wanting a ball more from his quarterback.

Portis reportedly wanted Sellers benched. 

That’s threatening a man’s livelihood, and ultimately his wallet.  It’s also a man whose job it is to sacrifice his body to make Portis’ life easier. 

That kind of slight has to be difficult to swallow, especially now that both players will be asked about it in the coming days and weeks.

40 responses to “Portis, Sellers have "heated verbal exchange"

  1. Portis maybe a Pro Bowler, but Sellers is a different breed of cat. Tougher than a $6.00 steak. If Sellers could actually get his hands on Portis, he’d beat his brains in. Love to see it.

  2. “That may very be true to an extend, and we understand that things can get heated between co-workers”
    Wow! You have reached a profound level of ineptitude in proof reading and editing. Try to act like a pro instead of a tall skinny bench warmer.

  3. portis has every right to decide who should be benched ….. its hard for portis being so perfect and never blowing a blocking assignment ….. sellers should watch game films of portis to see perfection in motion
    (notice the sarcasm in my voice)
    give me a friggin break

  4. If we’re lucky, Big Mike will break JankySpanky over his knee like Bo breaking a bat…. Please, Denver–we want Champ back!

  5. “That may very be true to an extend…”
    Come on Rosenthall, it’s not that early in the morning for you to be obliterating these articles with your failed attempt at surpassing a 5th graders writing abilities.

  6. yikes!
    i can understand portis’ concern, but making those concerns vocal was probably a bad decision.

  7. This is one where it’s a bit of a non storyother than being an interesting tid bit for information starved fans.
    Sellars has played like shit so far this year and that directly affects Portis’ livelihood so that point can go both ways Gregg. And Portis didn’t go public with this it was all in house, so there’s one simple solution for Sellars, step up your game and Portis won’t have a problem with ya.
    The same goes for the O line. They got all pissy when he called em out last year but like it or not he was right. Portis can be a bit of a grouch when his team is playing like crap. He’s a consummate winner and is only going to stay mum and ride along for so long before he starts calling on his teammates and coaches to step it up. As their best player and hardest worker on the field he’s got a right to do it and God knows as bad as that team is playing right now they can use all the motivation and incentive they can get. Zorn sure isn’t fulfilling that leadership role.

  8. I’d take Sellers over Portis. At least he has a history of doing his job, not just looking for excuses every time he doesn’t play well.
    Portis, your career is rounding to an end. Get ready to enjoy sipping Margaritas with Gibbs and talking about football on TV instead of playing it.

  9. @Gregg Rosenthal
    “That may very be true to an extend”
    huh?
    me fail english? that’s unpossible.

  10. Congrats Redskins, you’re now the joke of the NFCEast. The Giants, Cowboys and Eagles already stopped worrying about you after you lost to the Lions. If your QB is awful, your two running backs hate each other AND your FB refuses to block for them, I can guanretee you all three other NFCEast teams are laughing at you.

  11. Portis dont blame anybody but yourself for running like like a sissy.. Its a shame that everybody in the DC area knows Portis doesnt even run half speed and avoids contact.. You couldnt even run past the Lbs if you wanted to, because the DEs and DTs are catching up to you. You cant blame Sellers for a job hes been doing for 10 yrs when the Oline is unbelievably bad. Yeah Sellers messed up, which is rare but look at how bad that O line is and Campbell had the best game of the season against the Lions, which we still lost and they had 5 rookies on defense… talk about embarassing. Everybody on offense needs to go except Moss, Cooley, and Randel El Seriously

  12. I hope he knocks Portis on his a$$. I hate that tool bag. Ever since he did that stupid act where he dressed up like a clown for interviews after the game. He is an embarassment.
    And judging by the way most of us spell in our comments we shouldnt be getting angry over one typo.

  13. This story is clearly made up!!! No one can understand anything that comes out of Portis’ mouth, seriously, Emmitt cant even decipher that crap…..

  14. …and we’re tied with the Cowboys and 1/2 game back from Philly. If we’re the joke…..where’s the effin punchline? I’m laughing at you and your spelling. Hail douchebag.

  15. It’s hilarious that every one in DC is turning on Portis when he is only one of 2 players on their offense (Cooley’s the other) that shouldn’t be playing in the UFL. Do you guys really think you’d be better off with any other RB on that roster?
    None of those other 9 guys would even be a 2nd stringer on any other NFC East team.

  16. Love all the Portis haters out there. He’s the ONLY Redskin I’d go into a street fight yet since the whole team is so screwed up everybody wants to blame the best player on the team. Agreed he’s a head case and he is on the backside of his career but talent wise he’s still the best they got. Don’t blame him because he plays for what is quickly becoming the clippers of the NFL
    Get your pitchforks and torches and fight for ole PG to Fire DANNY(aka Belt Buckle Boy) and VINNY (redzone)!!

  17. Gregg – how about a follow up on how Florio is feeling about picking the Skins for the Super Bowl?

  18. smiley, tell me you’re kidding? Your 2 wins are the weakest wins in the NFL this year…and don’t tell me a win’s a win. You beat St. Louis by 2 and TB by 3 and LOST to the Lions (my team). Those are 3 of the WORST teams in the NFL and you had trouble with all of them. Someone send this kid $5 so he can buy a clue, the Redskins ARE the joke of the NFL right now…they hired an assistant that was retired calling bingo numbers, that is how desperate they are…basically said “Zorn, you’re an idiot so listen to this guy”…haha
    Don’t let that 2-2 record fool you, your team is in a world of trouble if they keep going at the rate they are!

  19. About time this happened. Sure Portis has a bad habit of tripping over his own feet often, but Sellers has been slacking this year as a lead blocker. To often this year Sellers has been the lone person emerging from the pile after a two yard run. That means he missed a block.
    Its to bad LiL Danny caved and gave Sellers the contract extension Sellers spent all offseason bitching about because that means Sellers has his money and nothing left to play for.

  20. “…and we’re tied with the Cowboys and 1/2 game back from Philly. If we’re the joke…..where’s the effin punchline? I’m laughing at you and your spelling. Hail douchebag.”
    We feel your pain and understand your anger. You can take consolation in knowing it will only get worse. Laughing to cover up tears only lasts a moment. Reality is ringing your doorbell.

  21. i like portis but ever since he came back it seems that he has lost a step. When he has a big run its because the offensive line and the full back is doing there job and opens a gashing hole. He doesnt run over people like he used to do…auctually i cant really remember that ever happening…but he has speed and is quick to react to the wholes thats why he is a good runner..plus portis to me is an outside back where he does his best running running the sweep or toward the sidelines hes not a big guy and the way the run him ud think he was brandon jacobs… as for this issue with sellers i like sellers…for a big guy he can jump and can run over people..he might have blown a couple of blocks but theres no reason to bench him his hands are shaky as he drops alot of passes..and ladell betts is a great back when he started 9+ games and rushed for 1154 yards that season i would like to seem him get a chance to start a game soon…

  22. So far this season the Skins moves off the field are more interesting than the one they make ON the field.
    But they’re both about as equally lame.

  23. I’m imagining this picture of Sellers bodyslamming Portis in the parking lot while we hear Jay Glazer’s voice over the P.A. system shouting “BINGO!!!”, followed by “suck it, ladies!!”

  24. “lol speaking of spelling now that i see mine is horrible 2”
    We al do it, so relex and kep on posting. We understod what you were sayying, lol.

  25. @hughjassphd
    Are you a doctor of Huge Asses or are you a guy named Hugh Jass that is so humble that he has to let everyone know he is a doctor?

  26. Great. These are The Days of our Redskins.
    Nobody worth a damn on that team w/ the exception of Cooley, Fletcher, and Hunter the punter (only because he has a better rushing td than Sherriffgonnagetchya has so far this year).

  27. I think the j stands for, ‘ jack.’ Hugh is the ancient mule-people word that translates to, ‘you.’ Conclusion: Someone has a doctorate degree in being a very smart a$$. I admit I have not kept up on my mule-people translations.

  28. smiley, tell me you’re kidding? Your 2 wins are the weakest wins in the NFL this year…and don’t tell me a win’s a win. You beat St. Louis by 2 and TB by 3 and LOST to the Lions (my team). Those are 3 of the WORST teams in the NFL and you had trouble with all of them. Someone send this kid $5 so he can buy a clue, the Redskins ARE the joke of the NFL right now…they hired an assistant that was retired calling bingo numbers, that is how desperate they are…basically said “Zorn, you’re an idiot so listen to this guy”…haha
    Don’t let that 2-2 record fool you, your team is in a world of trouble if they keep going at the rate they are!
    LOLOL Are you serious???? GO LIONS HAHAHA

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