That wasn’t the case this week when Portis was asked about his role in the underperforming running game and his lone carry in the second half against the Rams. Basically, Portis had nothing.
“There’s a lot about life you don’t understand,” Portis said about the reduced role, courtesy of Cindy Boren of The Washington Post. “Welcome to my world.”
While Portis sat mostly idle during the second half, Ryan Torain played most of the snaps. That left Redskins coach Mike Shanahan to explain afterward that it was in the game plan, according to Jason Reid. Shanahan has since revealed that Portis also is bothered by a hand injury, citing it as one of the reasons he was held out, and said the splits moving forward will change depending on the game plan.
It leaves Portis unsure about starting and his role this week against the Eagles.
“I have no idea, bro,” Portis said. “I don’t even think it really matters. … When it comes to competition, I feel I’ll outplay anybody. I feel with what I’ve done the last nine years you can tell the difference whether I’m in or out.”
— Frank Tadych