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BY RICH CAMPBELL
Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis hopes he can play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings after the latest MRI on his ailing groin showed no new damage.
"Hopefully, the swelling [will] go down," Portis said yesterday on his weekly radio show on 106.7 The Fan. "The MRI didn't reveal anything new, so that was a great thing. That was great news. Right now, [I'm] dealing with swelling, and hopefully that [will] go down."
Portis was sidelined for seven weeks after one of his groin muscles was torn off the bone on Oct. 3. He did not have surgery to re-attach the muscle.
He returned to game action last Sunday against Tennessee before suffering a setback in the first quarter. He had five carries for 32 yards before leaving the game. He showed impressive speed around the edge on one run, as well as his characteristic vigor in pass protection.
Undrafted rookie Keiland Williams probably will make his third straight start this Sunday against the Vikings if Portis can't play. Running back James Davis was promoted from the practice squad Monday to strengthen numbers in the backfield.
Running back Ryan Torain (hamstring) almost certainly will not play against Minnesota, coach Mike Shanahan said Monday. Another running back, Chad Simpson, was placed on injured reserve Monday with a broken foot.
EX-HOKIE HARRIS SIGNS
The Redskins signed former Virginia Tech defensive back Victor "Macho" Harris yesterday to boost their depleted secondary. He fills the roster spot vacated Monday when the team placed safety Anderson Russell (torn ACL right knee) on the season-ending injured reserve list.
Harris was released by the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 4. He played cornerback during his four-year career with the Hokies, but the Eagles drafted him in the fifth round in 2009 and converted him to safety. They moved him back to corner during the summer, but he did not make the team.
Harris started eight games and played in 15 as a rookie last season. He had 38 tackles and two pass breakups, according to NFL.com.
The Redskins could benefit from Harris' versatility. In addition to losing Russell, strong safety LaRon Landry probably will miss Sunday's game with a sore left Achilles' tendon. Also, cornerback Carlos Rogers is battling a sore hamstring, and cornerback DeAngelo Hall's back has been bothering him all season.
In other roster news, practice squad offensive tackle Will Robinson signed to the Seattle Seahawks' 53-man roster yesterday.
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