In an interview with Rick Maese of the Washington Post Tuesday, Redskins running back Clinton Portis said he “definitely expects” to be on the roster in 2010.
“I’m far from washed up or done,” Portis insisted. “I will walk away from this game when I’m ready. The game’s not gonna pass me by.”
As for the idea that Portis is washed up, the numbers disagree with his assessment. After managing just 2.87 yards per carry in the last five games of 2008, Portis averaged 3.98 during his eight 2009 appearances. Tossing out a 15-carry, 109-yard effort against Kansas City’s No. 31-ranked run defense in Week 6, Portis’ average was 3.53.
Portis suffered a season-ending concussion on November 9.
Three months later, Portis still hasn’t been medically cleared.
CBS’ Charley Casserly has reported that new coach Mike Shanahan “has an open mind” about bringing Portis back, while Shanahan has openly questioned the running back’s offseason work ethic. Though Portis’ contract guarantees him $6.43 million in 2010, he’s delusional if he truly thinks he’s a lock to make the team.