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Clinton Portis Headed To IR (And Other Running Back Moves)

Posted by Matt Terl on November 24, 2010 – 2:31 pm

Bad news by any measure: head coach Mike Shanahan confirmed today that Clinton Portis is headed to the Injured Reserve list, ending his season early for the second year in a row. Portis finishes with just 54 carries for 227 yards in five games this year — all numbers that would’ve been two solid games in his heyday (although if you ignore the 54 carries, those numbers could’ve been in one game during his early years). He looked strong in his brief return at Tennessee last week, averaging 6.4 yards per carry, but that’s where his 2010 run will end.

“It really is disappointing,” Shanahan explained, “because he’s worked so hard to get to where he was at, a lot of hard work. He’s encouraging all the other players. He’s a big part of this football team. You hate to see a person work that hard and not get an opportunity to finish the season. That’s the case there. He was ready to play and when he did play, he played exceptionally well. Right above the groin area, he tore in the lower abdomen. He’s going to have surgery in that area. It’ll take some time to get that well.”

And that sounds excruciating. The folks at venerable D.C. sports blog Mister Irrelevant — who are among Portis’ biggest fans — are preparing themselves for the possibility that this is the end of his time in Washington by looking back at some of the bloggiest images from Portis’ tenure in D.C. You should check them all out, but this one is unquestionably my favorite:
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DeAngelo Hall Gets Ready For His Cousin

Posted by Matt Terl on November 24, 2010 – 12:59 pm

DeAngelo Hall had an excellent game on Sunday, and was one of the primary reasons that Randy Moss was held without a catch in the game. Things don’t get any easier for Hall this weekend as the Vikings come to town with Sidney Rice expected to return to full game action and speedster Percy Harvin entering the game with 1,450 total offensive and special teams yards.

And so, of course, Hall was asked today about covering those two guys, and his response put special emphasis on Harvin. “We’re gonna have to know where Percy is,” Hall said. “Percy’s more of a guy who, once he gets the ball in his hands, the run after the catch is amazing. He’s a running back, basically. He’s fast, big — bigger than you think he is.”

I knew all of that about Harvin, of course, and I also knew that Harvin is from Virginia Beach — like Hall and so many others, a product of that Hampton Roads area. (757!) What I didn’t know, until Comcast SportsNet’s Kelli Johnson asked about it, was that Harvin and Hall are actually cousins — and not just in the colloquial sense. Read more »

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Brett Favre’s First Interception

Posted by Matt Terl on November 24, 2010 – 10:01 am

It was pointed out to me yesterday that my referring to the Vikings as “flailing” or “imploding” or “floundering” might operate as some kind of a jinx on the Redskins. So, as I prepare to write some more about Brett Favre chucking interceptions like it’s his mission in life, let me take a second to point out that this Vikings team is coming off a hugely successful year. In 2009, Favre had the kind of year that helped make him a household name — 4,202 yards, 33 touchdowns, 7 interceptions — and he led the Vikings to overtime of the NFC Championship Game.

Of course, he also pretty much singlehandedly LOST that NFC title game by throwing an atrocious across-his-body interception in the fourth quarter that ensured that the Vikings couldn’t win in regulation; Minnesota never touched the ball in overtime. So even a truly great season for Brett Favre ended on a game in which he threw two interceptions — appropriate, since his first regular season NFL action came in a game in which he went 0-for-4 with, yes, two interceptions in garbage time duty.

Favre’s team at the time was the Atlanta Falcons, and the 1991 Washington Redskins were the team that was beating the Falcons badly enough to get the rookie into the game. Favre’s first NFL pass, in fact, went to Redskins linebacker Andre Collins, who took it back for the final touchdown of a 56 point day for the Redskins. The play didn’t get all that much attention at the time — it was the last score in a huge blowout, and Favre was several years, one Farrelly Brothers movie, and one trade away from becoming the beloved gunslinger and the Nation’s Quarterback — but it turns up by sheer coincidence in the introduction to “March To Minneapolis,” the Redskins’ 1991 yearbook.

So here it is: Brett Favre’s first NFL pass, first NFL interception, and first NFL pick-six, all in one:

Here’s what Richard Justice wrote about the play for a sidebar in the following day’s Washington Post, including Andre Collins’ description of what happened. (Yes, Brett Favre’s first NFL interception rated just a sidebar.)
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A Few Redskins Thanksgiving Food Thoughts

Posted by Matt Terl on November 24, 2010 – 9:18 am

Two years ago around Thanksgiving, I gave the somewhat comprehensive breakdown of which Redskins fry their Thanksgiving turkeys and which ones roast them. Last year I gave an even-closer-to-comprehensive breakdown of which Redskins players prefer which Thanksgiving side dishes. I wasn’t quite sure where to go this year, and had given some thought to abandoning Thanksgiving food entirely as a topic. That may still happen, but fortunately (or not, depending on your preference) some of that information is trickling out in other, semi-related stories.

FOX 5 in D.C., for example, took the opportunity at yesterday’s Harvest Feast to ask some of the players what their favorite Thanksgiving foods were.

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