Wednesday at the Park
— Mike Shanahan announced that RB Clinton Portis suffered a grade-three separation in his groin and ruled Portis out of game-action for “4 to 6 weeks.”
Shanahan announced that Torain will replace Portis as Washington’s starting tailback. He also announced that Chad Simpson, who has only played on special teams in DC, would serve as Torain’s backup on Sunday against Green Bay.
— Veteran punter Hunter Smith verbally agreed to terms with the Redskins on Wednesday afternoon. He’ll sign a contract with the same team he spent all of last season with upon showing up at Redskins Park tomorrow. Smith is expected to practice tomorrow afternoon and he’ll suit up as the Redskins’ punter on Sunday.
— Expect Keiland Williams to be called up to the active roster over the weekend. With Portis out and Simpson having yet to take part in an offensive huddle, somebody proven is going to have to back up Torain. Williams could be used on third downs because e’s proven more reliable as a pass-blocker than some of the other young options in the Redskins’ backfield.
Williams, who began they year on Washington’s 53 man roster, was released to make room for WR Brandon Banks on Saturday. The undrafted LSU product re-signed with Washington two days later.
— Trent Williams was back at practice. He said he participated in full. Mike Shanahan (and the team’s injury report) said he was limited. Regardless of how much work Williams did, it’s obvious that the rookie left tackle expects to play this weekend.
Expect Williams to make his return on Sunday. And it will come at a good time, by the way. The outside linebacker he’s expected to block, Clay Matthews, has registered seven sacks. That’s more than 10 teams.