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Portis Has Surgery On Hand, Out 3-4 Weeks

As expected, running back Clinton Portis will be sidelined 3-4 weeks after he underwent surgery on his broken right hand on Monday.

Portis fractured the hand during the first half of Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

During surgery, Portis had three pins inserted into his hands to help with the healing process, team officials said.

If all goes as expected with his recovery and rehab, Portis could be back for the Redskins' late-December stretch of games.

"It has been a tough year for Clinton," head coach Joe Gibbs said on Monday. "It seems like every week it has been something [in terms of injuries]. We admire his competitive spirit. He wants to play no matter what."

With Portis sidelined, the Redskins will turn to Ladell Betts, T.J. Duckett and Rock Cartwright. Betts is expected to start this Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Betts said he spoke with Portis on Monday morning, before the surgery.

"He's not in the best of spirit, when the team doesn't win it's hard to be in a chipper mood," Betts said. "He's dealing with it the best he can."

The Redskins will get a closer look at Duckett, who has seen limited action this season after the team acquired him in a trade last August.

Said Gibbs: "It will be a good experience for us with T.J. We hate that Clinton is going to miss time, but T.J. got in [against Philadelphia] and looked good. Going forward, it will be T.J. Ladell and Rock handing the running back chores. We think a lot of all three of those guys."

Elsewhere on the injury front, defensive end Phillip Daniels suffered a bruised wrist in Sunday's game against the Eagles.

It is expected that Daniels will be limited in practice this week, but team officials seemed confident that the 11-year NFL veteran would be available to play in Sunday's game in Tampa Bay.

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