Clinton Portis Ready To Play Again After Missing 2011 Season

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03: Clinton Portis #26 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Clinton Portis missed the entire 2011 season after his release by the Redskins but says he plans to play in 2012.

Clinton Portis isn't done just yet. The running back told Steve Wyche of NFL.com that he is preparing to play football in 2012 after missing the entire 2011 season. He last played in November 2010 with the Washington Redskins, but he was shut down for the rest of the year with injuries.

Portis said he's been cleared to play by private doctors.

"I'm ready to go back, ready to work things out and I'm open to [the] idea of going out to prove that I can still play," Portis said. "I just turned 30 and with nine years in the NFL and six 1,000-yard seasons, that's enough right there to show what I can do. I'm just ready to go prove to whatever team that's ready and willing to open the doors to go out and prove it."

Portis is right that he has six 1,000-yard seasons, but NFL teams only care about what he can do for them in the future, not what he's done in the past. By the start of next season, Portis will be turning 31 years old and it will have been more than 20 months since he last took a snap in an NFL game. With a history of concussions, it's hard to see anyone taking a chance on Portis.

Check out SB Nation's Hogs Haven to see what Redskins fans think about their former running back returning to the game.

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