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Redskins Running Back Clinton Portis Is Ok


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Clinton Portis was the subject of some internet hijinx yesterday when someone created a web page, made to look like those on the NFL.com site, reporting that the running back was out for up to three months because of an injury suffered lifting weights.


CBS Sportsline posted a short item on its home page reporting the injury under the headline: Breaking News. It said Portis would be sidelined eight to 12 weeks.


Sporting News Radio began feverishly calling other media outlets to check the validity of the report and news quickly spread to Redskins Park.


While all of this was going on Portis was already home. He practiced yesterday after holding a news conference. He did not lift weights yesterday -- "It's not even his day to lift," backup running back Ladell Betts said when asked about the report -- and team officials were baffled as to the orgin of the story as calls began to pour into the media relations office. The team quickly posted a story on its site letting fans know the Portis story was false.


Portis's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, was informed of the story and quickly checked in with Portis. "There's absolutely no truth to that," Rosenhaus said.


A similar hoax apparently was done on Dallas offensive lineman Larry Allen on Wednesday. The NFL is investigating the false internet story, league sources said.

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