Portis: Spat with Sellers ‘blown out of proportion’

There’s never enough to talk about in Washington, it seems.

Redskins RB Clinton Portis used his Tuesday radio appearance on The Johnson Thompson Show on ESPN 980 to address his recent run-in with FB Mike Sellers, saying the incident wasn’t a big deal.

Sellers sought out Portis in the locker room last week after learning that the running back had called offensive coordinator Sherman Smith during the game against the Buccaneers to request TE Todd Yoder as his lead blocker. Sellers, a Pro Bowler, has been blocking for Portis since the running back joined the Redskins in 2004.

“Man, I think it was a minor situation that was blown out of proportion,” Portis said Tuesday. “I think me and Mike handled that, and I thought it was between me and him. You know, there was only two other people in the locker room when it happened, so how it got out to the media. I mean, it’s exchanging words.

“You know, when you work with somebody year round, somebody every day, you know, Mike always feel like that big brother-little brother role. I think Mike, being an older cat, a veteran cat, Mike always want the big-brother role, and sometimes little brother and big brother not gonna co-exist. But you know, we exchanged our words, and it was done with, and then all the sudden, the media got a hold of it. So we discussed it, and we fine.”

Portis spoke on a number of topics during the interview, including the current state of the Redskins as they enter this weekend’s home game against the Chiefs.

“I think everybody is just tired of losing,” Portis said. “I don’t think it’s a frustration level. I think it’s just the fact of knowing we’re better than what we display. We’re sitting here at 2-3 and really shouldn’t be in this situation. I think it’s just the aggrivation of losing, not going out and performing the way we should.”

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