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Afternoon Practice – Portis Has Some Fun

Posted by Matt Terl on August 9, 2009 – 5:08 pm

Blazing hot practice this afternoon, firmly into the dog days of summer. Malcolm Kelly was back on the field as a full go, somehow wearing tights despite the heat. (The cornerbacks were far crazier, though, most of them wearing long sleeves as well as tights.)

The biggest news of practice was probably Randy Thomas‘s return, albeit in a limited fashion, a development that Coach Jim Zorn called “encouraging.” Carlos Rogers, Devin Thomas, and Mike Williams were also limited. Santana Moss and Kevin Barnes were out but on the sidelines, and Anthony Alridge was having his toe examined during practice.

The general takeaway from the afternoon session was that although the defense is still ahead of the offense, the gap is closing a little bit. Jason Campbell had nice passes to Antwaan Randle El and Marques Hagans, and there was just a tiny bit more swagger to the offense than there had been to this point.

For me, though, the most interesting bit of practice was Clinton Portis.
During practice, Portis was wearing a jersey without a name on it.

When I asked him why, he shrugged. “Guess I’m in Coach’s doghouse again, gonna have to earn my name back.”

No, really.

“They were disappointed with my performance yesterday, I guess.”

But they held you out yesterday.

“I know. That’s what makes it so unfair.”

For the record: HE WAS JOKING. Portis is NOT in Coach Zorn’s doghouse. But I liked the “so unfair” line enough to share it. I found out after the fact that Portis’s actual jersey disappeared at some point after yesterday’s Fan Appreciation Day — meaning he probably gave it to a fan — and that he hadn’t let the equipment staff know. Apparently he jogged out in the morning in a replica Portis game jersey, but I missed that.

Anyhow, this was an amusing end to the day. And don’t forget: tonight is finally time to watch some actual (pre-preseason) football.

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