Carroll: Smith, Portis and other Week 3 injuries
Enough reality; let's get to it.
Clinton Portis gets a gold star from me for admitting he lied last week. Sure, we'll knock some points off for lying at all, but that's part of the game. This week, Portis looks to be ready to go, but we're not taking his word for it. Sources tell me that Portis looked solid in practice but that he was in some pain afterward. The shoulder isn't 100 percent yet, so I spoke with Dr. Neil ElAttrache from the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic; he's one of the top shoulder guys in the world, and he thinks this problem will linger. Portis will lose some carries to Ladell Betts, especially in goal-line and short-yardage situations. Whether what he does get will be enough for him to be an elite RB again remains to be seen. I'll never bet against the guy who came up with Coach Janky Spanky, and yes, he's in my lineup for Sunday (at least right now.)
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