Clinton Portis wore a white baseball cap, a gray sweat shirt, and black sweat pants yesterday, a drab outfit that matched the bleak outlook for his participation in the Washington Redskins' Monday night opener against the Minnesota Vikings.
``I would love to be out on the field," Portis said, ``but we've got to look at the long run. We've got to look at the overall season instead of trying to jump back early and play in this game and then miss the key games we've got coming up behind it."
When it was suggested that Portis had just ruled himself out, he replied: ``You know, I guess you're just as sad as I am about that news, huh?"
Portis is listed as questionable on the injury report and hasn't completely lost hope of playing, he said he was only ``about 75" percent recovered from partially dislocating his left shoulder in the exhibition opener against Cincinnati Aug. 13.
Jansen steps back
Redskins tackle Jon Jansen
said it would be ``very naive and foolish" to think NFL players aren't using human growth hormone. But he backed down from his statement that ``maybe 15, 20 percent" of the league's players use illegal performance-enhancing substances. Jansen used those percentages during an interview broadcast Wednesday night on HBO's ``Costas Now." ``What I meant by it was that it was a small number of players," Jansen said. ``Being a football player, I'm not real good at math." . . . The Jaguars could be without defensive tackle Marcus Stroud
(sprained right ankle) and linebacker Mike Peterson
(right knee) for Sunday's opener against the Cowboys. The pair did not practice and are listed as questionable on the injury report . . . Panthers All-Pro receiver Steve Smith
(strained left hamstring) missed practice again and remains questionable for the season opener against Atlanta.
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