Clinton Portis released by Redskins

Running back Clinton Portis yesterday was released by the Washington Redskins.

Injuries and money led to coach Mike Shanahan's decision. Portis, who spent seven seasons with the Redskins, had played in only 13 games over the last two seasons because of a severe concussion in 2009 and a torn groin muscle in 2010.

Portis was scheduled to make $8.3 million next season, and Shanahan made it clear at the NFL combine that the Redskins wouldn't keep the 29-year-old running back at that price.

"We're going to let him test the market," Shanahan said, "and see what's out there for him."

Portis said he was given a chance to restructure his contract, but he said it would be "hard to accept not being the go-guy."

Portis, who broke in with Denver, is 77 yards of 10,000 career rushing yards.

In other NFL news:

* Chicago released veteran defensive tackle Tommie Harris, a three-time Pro Bowl pick who had struggled in recent years because of injuries.

* The New York Jets released veteran offensive lineman Damien Woody.

* Ahman Green, 34, Green Bay's all-time leading rusher, said he has agreed to play in the CFL next season for the defending Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes.

Sport Stops

* Marit Bjoergen, of host Norway, captured her third gold medal at the Nordic world championships, and the U.S. men finished fourth in the combined team event won by Austria. The American team featured Olympic champion Billy Demong and two-time world champion Todd Lodwick.

* Howard Bryant, a senior writer for the sports network ESPN, pleaded not guilty to allegations that he assaulted his wife, Veronique, outside a pizza parlor in western Massachusetts over the weekend.

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