The Redskins have opened training camp with a crowded backfield, and a question about whether they can split carries among Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker.
According to Parker, they can’t.
“It’s only one ball,” Parker said. “So therefore, you know [there] probably can’t be enough room for all of us. That’s the game. That’s the way it is. Therefore, you got to go out and compete. . . . There ain’t even enough balls in practice.”
Ultimately, Parker will probably be proven right, and the Redskins won’t keep all three of their veteran running backs. Based on his contract, his past production and his relationship with Mike Shanahan, Portis’s job seems safe.
So a battle for a roster spot is brewing between Parker and Johnson.