The Washington Redskins' starting backfield of Clinton Portis and North Thurston High graduate Mike Sellers had a bit of a spat, coach Jim Zorn confirmed Friday.
Zorn downplayed the dispute and said he didn’t know what it was about. But WRC-TV, which first reported the incident, said the two had a heated exchange, with Portis venting frustration over Sellers’ blocking.
“I thought it was great. There was no fisticuffs. ... In reality, it’s just a lot of nudging and posturing,” Zorn said.
Last week on a weekly radio appearance, Portis cited a missed assignment by Sellers as contributing to the Redskins’ failure to score on a fourth-and-goal play in a loss to the Detroit Lions.
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NFL hands out fines
Six defensive players have been fined by the NFL. Tennessee defensive lineman Tony Brown drew the biggest fine, $10,000 for roughing the passer for helmet-to-helmet contact with Jaguars quarterback David Garrard.
Fined $7,500 for the same offense was Dallas defensive tackle Jay Ratliff.
Also fined were the Patriots’ Mike Wright ($5,000), Baltimore’s Haloti Ngata ($5,000), Chicago’s Adewale Ogunleye ($7,500) amd Detroit’s Anthony Henry ($7,500)
Denver running back Correll Buckhalter missed his third consecutive practice because of an ankle injury, so it appears rookie Knowshon Moreno, the No. 12 overall pick out of Georgia, will start in his place against the Patriots. ... Giants quarterback Eli Manning returned to practice and showed no ill effects of the injured right heel but is listed as questionable.