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Portis finds new way to decline comment

ASHBURN, Va. — Thursday was Clinton Portis' day to explain his comments about women reporters.

He didn't.

Asked about his remarks at his weekly media availability, the Redskins running back stood at his locker and held up messages written on a spiral notebook.

Do you wish you'd never said it?

"NO COMMENT" was the scrawled reply. Defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth then put a piece of black athletic tape on Portis' mouth.

What about the game coming up on Sunday?

Portis flipped the notebook to another page: "THANKS FOR COMING." Haynesworth put a second piece of tape on Portis' mouth.

Did you make those signs?

Portis responded by turning to two more pages: "GOD BLESS YOU" then "HAVE A GOOD DAY." Two more pieces of tape from Haynesworth.

That was it.

Portis and Haynesworth then left the locker room.

During his radio show Tuesday, Portis explained the dynamics of having women reporters in NFL locker rooms:

"I think you put women reporters in the locker room in position to see guys walking around naked. And you sit in the locker room with 53 guys, and all of the sudden, you see a nice woman in the locker room. I think men are going to tend to turn and look and want to say something to that woman.

"You know somebody has to spark her interest, or she's going to want somebody. I don't know what kind of woman won't; if you get to go and look at 53 men's (bodies). I know you're doing a job. But at the same time, the same way I'm going to cut my eye if I see somebody worth talking to, I'm sure they do the same thing."

The NFL called the comments offensive, and the Redskins released a statement that included an apology by Portis.

The issue of women reporters came up with the NFL's investigation of the Jets' treatment of TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz at a practice over the weekend. She said the Jets made her uncomfortable in their locker room.

More Redskins: Haynesworth was limited at practice by a sprained ankle for the second straight day. His status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Pro Bowl receiver could return early

SAN DIEGO — Chargers holdout receiver Vincent Jackson can play in Week 5 if he's traded by Wednesday, the league and players union decided.

Unhappy over not receiving a long-term deal, Jackson, a Pro Bowl pick last season, refused to sign the one-year, $3.268 million contract he was tendered as a restricted free agent.

He currently is serving a three-game league-imposed suspension for violating its substance abuse policy. In February, he pleaded guilty to his second DUI since 2006.

On Aug. 20, the Chargers placed him on the roster exempt list, meaning he would be suspended for three games once he signed. Jackson's representatives believed he shouldn't have to serve that suspension if he was traded.

The agreement, which settles a grievance filed by the union, stipulates if Jackson signs a contract with San Diego and is traded by 4 p.m. Wednesday, he will be placed on the commissioner exempt list for three games, retroactive to Game 2. That means he'd be able to play in his new team's fifth game.

If Jackson isn't traded, he must serve the remainder of his three-game DUI suspension as well as the three-game suspension on the roster exempt list regardless of a subsequent trade.

Browns: Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown, angry over what he perceived as a slight from team president Mike Holmgren, said he will skip Sunday's ring of honor ceremony. "My legacy won't be defined by Holmgren," he said. Brown is upset with Holmgren for reducing his responsibilities as an adviser to owner Randy Lerner. He previously sent a letter telling Holmgren, hired during the offseason, he would not stay with the team to be a "greeter, that of a mascot."

Cardinals: Receiver Early Doucet will have surgery for a sports hernia and is expected to miss 3-6 weeks. Doucet, who missed most of training camp with an abdominal strain, was hurt Sunday. Also, running back Beanie Wells said he will "definitely" practice today after testing his bruised right knee Thursday. Wells, who sat out Sunday, has not had a full practice since a few days before the final preseason game on Sept. 2.

Jaguars: Tight end Ernest Wilford re-signed. Wilford, who had 11 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown last season, was waived at the end of camp to avoid his contract becoming guaranteed.

Jets: Star cornerback Darrelle Revis was limited in practice with a tight left hamstring but said he expects to play Sunday.

Raiders: Starting guard Robert Gallery missed his second straight practice with a sore hamstring and is questionable for Sunday.

Vikings: Receiver Percy Harvin missed practice with a hip injury. The team did not disclose details of the injury, saying only his status for Sunday hasn't been determined.

Blackouts: Games in Oakland and San Diego will not air locally because they did not sell out. Oakland hasn't sold out a game since last season's opener. San Diego had sold out 48 consecutive games, including playoffs, dating to Nov. 11, 2004. Meanwhile, the Lions were given a 24-hour extension, until 1 p.m. today, to sell their remaining 2,000 tickets. And the Panthers won't be blacked out after selling their remaining tickets Thursday afternoon.

Sharpe back on TV: Shannon Sharpe will return to his job as a CBS analyst after a woman withdrew her petition for a temporary restraining order against him. The former tight end for the Broncos and Ravens began a leave of absence on Tuesday and was scheduled to appear in an Atlanta court Monday to address allegations that he forced her to have sex with him, threatened her life and conducted surveillance of her.

Portis finds new way to decline comment 09/16/10 [Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 10:50pm]
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