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News & Notes: Portis Has Shoulder Surgery

Running back Clinton Portis underwent successful surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday, the team has announced.

The outpatient procedure was performed Tuesday morning by Dr. Ray Thal at the Reston Hospital Center. The procedure arthroscopically repaired a labrum tear and stabilized the shoulder.

Portis's rehabilitation is expected to be six months.

That means Portis could be available to participate in the Redskins' mini-camp in June. He should be at full health by the start of 2007 training camp.

Portis suffered the shoulder injury in the Redskins' preseason opener on Aug. 13. He was ready for the season opener against Minnesota on Sept. 11, but he was held out of the Week 2 game at Dallas as he continued to recuperate from the injury.

In Week 9 at Philadelphia, Portis suffered a fractured right hand, which would have sidelined him for 3-5 weeks. Since he required off-season surgery to repair his shoulder, it was decided to place him on injured reserve on Nov. 15.

Portis rushed for 100-plus yards in only one game this season and he finished with 523 yards on 127 carries and seven touchdowns. With Portis sidelined, Ladell Betts has had the bulk of carries at running back.

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Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd was at Redskins Park on Tuesday. He was expected to meet with head coach Joe Gibbs.

In Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons, Lloyd cost the team when, in a moment of apparent frustration after an interception, he took off his helmet and tossed it along the sidelines. He was flagged for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, a 15-yard infraction.

During his Monday press conference, Joe Gibbs was non-committal when asked if Lloyd would play in this Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField. Gibbs said he would meet with Lloyd on Tuesday.

Explained Gibbs: "What Brandon and I are talking about is the helmet issue in the game. That hurts the team. We had a good talk on Monday. He's a bright young guy and he has a big future here. I just want to make sure that we are on the same page going forward. I gave him some things to think about [on Monday] and we'll talk again [on Tuesday]."

Lloyd has struggled to make an impact in his first year in Washington. He has started every game, but caught just 20 passes for 295 yards and no touchdowns.

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