Redskins release Portis

Ex-Redskins running back Clinton Portis runs the ball against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field...

Ex-Redskins running back Clinton Portis runs the ball against the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Oct. 3, 2010. (JIM McISAAC/Getty Images)

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ASHBURN, Va. - Clinton Portis' seven-year tenure in America's capital is over, as the Washington Redskins announced on Monday they have released the injury-plagued running back.

"Clinton provided excitement from the very first time he touched the ball as a Redskin and we were lucky to witness every ounce of energy, effort and passion he has given ever since," said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder in a statement. "We have been through a lot both on and off the field and we would like to wish him and his family the very best."

Portis was limited to just five games last season after suffering groin and stomach injuries, during which he accumulated 227 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 54 carries.

"I would like to thank the organization," Portis stated. "Dan (Snyder) and Mike (Shanahan) were honest, straight-up people with me. I always appreciated the opportunity from Dan to play here. Being a Redskin was a special part of my life. Being in that organization, I turned from a kid having fun to a man carrying responsibilities."

Originally chosen by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2002 draft, Portis came to Washington prior to the 2004 campaign in a deal for cornerback Champ Bailey.

His breakout season came in 2005, when the Miami, Florida product racked up 1,516 yards and 11 TDs on 352 carries while playing in all 16 games.

After a 523-yard season in 2006 caused by a broken hand, Portis recovered to post 1,262 yards in 2007 and 1,487 in 2008 before injuries limited the Mississippi native to 13 games and just over 700 yards the last two years.

A two-time Pro Bowl selection (2004, 2008), Portis has totaled 9,923 yards and 75 rushing scores on 2,230 carries, with 247 receptions for 2,018 yards and five touchdowns with Denver and Washington over nine NFL seasons.


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