Redskins running back Clinton Portis still had a headache Monday after suffering a concussion against the Falcons. Because of that injury, Washington is considering adding another headache to the roster.
Coach Jim Zorn said Monday that the organization has had internal discussions about Larry Johnson and will continue to talk about him. No harm in that — the Redskins are doing their due diligence.
Signing Johnson is another matter. Would L.J. really fit in well behind Portis once the team’s starter is healthy? How would Portis respond?
Zorn says the team will likely sign another running back if Portis can’t play this week, and Portis is already being described as “doubtful.” But the Redskins may just re-sign a player familiar with their system like Quinton Ganther. The running attack actually looked improved without Portis against Atlanta; Ladell Betts put up 93 yards from scrimmage on 16 touches.
Washington likes to collect big names, and signed Shaun Alexander during the 2008 season. He contributed 24 yards on 11 carries. Johnson isn’t as far along in his decline as Alexander was, but that doesn’t mean he’s worth adding an offense already in turmoil.