Portis out again; Jarmon added to IR
ASHBURN, Va. -- Jeremy Jarmon and Chris Cooley are the eighth and ninth Washington Redskins to go on injured reserve, while Clinton Portis will miss a fourth consecutive game as he recovers from a concussion.
Coach Jim Zorn had another lengthy injury report Monday, a day after losing 27-24 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Jarmon topped the list, tearing the ACL in his left knee while covering a kickoff.
The injury ends a promising rookie year for the supplemental draft pick from Kentucky. Jostling for playing time along a talented defensive line, Jarmon played in all 11 games and had nine tackles and one forced fumble.
The Redskins also declared an official end to Cooley's season. The two-time Pro Bowl tight end broke his right ankle on Oct. 26, and his recovery from surgery has been slower than expected.
Cooley had never missed a game over six seasons until his injury. His 2009 ends with a career-low 29 catches for 332 yards and two touchdowns.
The Redskins (3-8) now have six players on IR who have started at least two games this season: Cooley (7), Chris Samuels (5), Chris Horton (5), Chad Rinehart (4), Randy Thomas (2) and Ladell Betts (2).
To fill the vacant spots on the roster, the Redskins promoted linebacker Alvin Bowen and defensive end Rob Jackson from the practice squad.
Portis is still showing symptoms of the concussion he suffered against Atlanta on Nov. 8 and will sit out this week's game against the New Orleans Saints. Zorn said Portis might practice a little bit this week and will have another medical exam next Monday.
"We're going to try to get him going and try to see if we can get those symptoms to not recur," Zorn said.
With only five games remaining and a winning season no longer possible, Zorn was asked if there's a reason for Portis to play again this year.
"Oh, yeah," Zorn said. "He's a guy we want. We want him to participate and we want him to be a Redskin player. If he's healthy, he's going to want to go and we're going to want him to. Now, we're going to make sure his head's right, but that's why we're taking the precautions we are."
Zorn said defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who has missed the last two games with a sprained left ankle, is feeling better and is expected to return to practice in some capacity this week. The coach said cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who missed Sunday's game with a sprained knee, is currently questionable to play against New Orleans.
The Redskins also lost two cornerbacks during Sunday's game. Justin Tryon left with a hip pointer, and Fred Smoot departed with a head injury. Zorn said Tryon's injury was mild, and that we was awaiting test results on Smoot. Smoot kept his head down at his locker while being interviewed Monday, but he said he was fine.
Zorn also said he expects Jason Campbell to be OK. The quarterback said he blacked out momentarily after being slammed to the ground by Philadelphia's Juqua Parker on a fourth-and-1 incompletion that ended the Redskins' final drive. No penalty was called on the play, and Zorn said he plans to ask the league office to review the hit.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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