Portis misses practice, expects to play vs. Cowboys

ASHBURN, Va. -- No dress-up again Thursday for
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis, who did not practice but
remains confident he'll play Sunday night against the
Dallas Cowboys.

"As far as I know I'm playing," Portis said. "Unless
something changes between now and Sunday."

Portis carried 10 times for 39 yards in a relief role in Monday
night's 19-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. Leading up to the
game, he indicated he would not play because he was still
recovering from a partially dislocated left shoulder.

This week, the shoulder is sore from the contact against the
Vikings. Portis took part in a portion of Wednesday's practice and
worked Thursday on strength and conditioning.

"I'm real sore," Portis said. "I'm just trying to stay on top
of things, trying to build the strength up to where it stays the
same so we don't have any setbacks."

The injury is keeping Portis from resuming his weekly tradition
of appearing in a costume. On Thursday he wore a towel on his head
and a T-shirt depicting many of the characters he portrayed last

"I've got stuff to worry about besides finding a costume right
now," he said.

Portis is listed as questionable on the injury report, the same
as he was this time last week.

"He's got a little bit of soreness, but he gets better each
day," trainer Bubba Tyer said. "His strength is getting back to
where it was, so we're taking it day by day."

Also missing practice were tight end Christian Fauria, who
turned his ankle during practice Wednesday and is listed as
probable, and cornerback Shawn Springs, who is recovering from
abdominal surgery and isn't expected to play Sunday.

Tyer also said that practice squad fullback Manuel White had
knee surgery this week and was placed on the practice squad-injured
reserve list. Fullback Nehemiah Broughton, cut from the main roster
earlier this week, was signed to the practice squad.