Redskins RB Portis breaks hand in loss to Eagles

Updated: November 13, 2006, 2:00 AM ET
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PHILADELPHIA -- The Washington Redskins' losses keep piling up.

Clinton Portis broke his right hand in the first half of Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Washington Post reported that night that the running back could be done for the season.

The Redskins' director of sports medicine, Bubba Tyer, told the paper that Portis broke the fourth metacarpal bone of his right ring finger. He could undergo surgery as soon as Monday, with screws inserted to stabilize the bone.

"It could be as long as four weeks, three or four, something like that," Tyer told the Post. "He needs to be able to use his hands and function and be secure -- what he does with the football."

Portis, who rushed for 25 yards on six carries, left late in the first quarter and did not return. He entered with 498 yards rushing and seven touchdowns in seven games.

"I haven't talked to him yet, but it's something that might have to have some screws," coach Joe Gibbs said after the game.

Portis partially dislocated his left shoulder in the preseason opener and has been bothered by other nagging injuries this season.

"He's a smaller guy in a sense than some of the other guys, and he takes some licks," Tyer told the Post. "And he gives some licks. That's his style. He runs it up in there … but it's taken its toll."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.