Portis misses practice, expects to play vs. Cowboys

Updated: September 15, 2006, 1:43 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Clinton Portis

"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 year.

"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.

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