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The Redskins put Clinton Portis on injured reserve yesterday, ending his season. The way Clinton is talking, it might also be the end of his career.

Concussion-related problems are what have him on the sideline, but I had no idea they were bad enough to put retirement in his mind. Here's what he had to say on his exclusive radio show on ESPN 980.

"If it's my time, I think I had a great career."

"I think I'll get well. I think I have to go and really put the time into rehabbing and continuing to do what the doctors say," Portis said.

"But at the same time, man, to have the opportunity to play for eight years and play, compete and not miss many games and to carry the organization, I'm thankful for Mr. [Daniel] Snyder and Coach [Joe] Gibbs bringing me to the Redskins and the Broncos drafting me."

He's not saying anything definitively, of course, as he notes that he believes he'll "get well." But he's also clearly taken the time to look at the big picture, too, reflecting back on his career with the Redskins and Broncos.

I didn't even know retirement was on the table. This seems to come out of nowhere. If it is the end, it's a shame it'll end this way: with a season he didn't get to finish on a team that wasn't very good. Because Portis is right, he has had a great career.

Hopefully, we'll see him run again. If I had to bet one way or the other, my money would be on him returning in 2010. One thing Portis has never been, though, is predictable.

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