'Skins' Portis '50-50' for Cowboys game

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Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis was unable to practice because of a sprained knee, and coach Jim Zorn said he is "50-50" for Sunday night's game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Portis bruised his knee on the final play of the first quarter of last week's 23-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers but returned for the next series and finished the game. The pain got progressively worse after treatment after the game, however, and Zorn said yesterday that Portis has a bone bruise on the femur as well as a sprain.

Portis is second in the NFL in rushing with 995 yards on 200 carries.

Packers: : Linebacker Nick Barnett will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. Coach Mike McCarthy said Barnett tore a right knee ligament in Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Vikings. Surgery has not yet been scheduled. It's a major blow to an already-suspect run defense that gave up 192 yards rushing to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson on Sunday.

Patriots: : New England denied an ESPN.com report that linebacker Adalius Thomas, a former Raven, broke his left forearm and "likely" will miss the rest of the season. The Patriots said Thomas only hurt his arm. The Boston Globe, citing an NFL source, reported Thomas will have surgery tomorrow.

Players association: : A federal jury has ordered the NFL Players Association to pay $28.1 million to retired players after finding the union failed to properly market their images. The figure includes $21 million in punitive damages awarded to the former players yesterday. It's just short of the $21.9 million award that the players' lawyer had asked of the jury, or roughly 10 percent of the union's net worth at the start of the year. The class-action lawsuit represents 2,056 retirees who contend the union cut them out of lucrative licensing deals.

Jets: : Five-time Pro Bowl cornerback Ty Law is back with New York after agreeing on a one-year deal, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press. Law sat out the first 10 weeks of the season as a free agent. Law, who has 52 career interceptions, played for the Jets in 2005 before spending the past two seasons with Kansas City.

Seahawks: : Matt Hasselbeck is ready to make his first start in six weeks Sunday when Seattle plays first-place Arizona. Coach Mike Holmgren said his three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, who hyperextended his right knee Oct. 5, has been cleared to practice with the starting offense tomorrow.

Saints: : Cornerback Mike McKenzie, who fractured his right kneecap Sunday, will have surgery this week and be placed on injured reserve, coach Sean Payton said. Later in the day, the Saints claimed recently released Redskins cornerback Leigh Torrence off waivers.

Bengals: : Cincinnati acknowledged that quarterback Carson Palmer will miss his fifth straight game because of an injured passing elbow. Ryan Fitzpatrick will start in his place Sunday against the Eagles.

Chiefs:: A woman filed a lawsuit against running back Larry Johnson a month after saying he spat a drink in her face at a bar and threatened to kill her and her boyfriend. The lawsuit by Ashley N. Stewart seeks punitive damages, attorney fees and any other amount a jury deems to be fair. Johnson was charged last month with simple assault in the Oct. 10 incident at Kansas City's Club Blonde.

Jaguars: : A man accused of shooting offensive lineman Richard Collier 14 times Sept. 2 pleaded not guilty at his arraignment and was being held without bond. Tyrone Romaro Hartsfield, 32, stood silently as his public defender entered pleas of not guilty to charges of attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

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