Clinton Portis did not practice Friday, and the Redskins listed the running back as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions. Coach Jim Zorn, however, said Portis will play.
"His ankles have been sore," Zorn said. "We've got many [other backs] to choose from, but I expect Clinton to be out there ripping around."
Portis, who has started every game since he finished the 2006 season on IR with a broken hand, declined to comment. Zorn said Portis has been suffering from bone spurs in both ankles - a difficulty the coach had not revealed this season.
"It's been happening, not all preseason, but he's got a couple little spurs that are irritating," Zorn said. "No swelling. It's just hard for him. He needs to rest them."
He'll rest only in practice unless the ankles get much worse.