The rookie head coach and the flamboyant running back reached a smiling truce Wednesday, with Clinton Portis announcing that he's "cool with everything" and that he has no plans to sever ties with the Washington Redskins.
Portis and Coach Jim Zorn held a 10-minute meeting early in the day to discuss Portis' blistering comments made during a radio interview Tuesday. After practice, the two strong personalities took turns explaining what happened — with the caveat that, as Portis put it, "We both got egos."
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"It was something on my chest that I needed to get off," Portis said. "I had some stuff built up. I was itching to air it out. After we talked, we're on the same page."
Miffed over his lack of playing time in last week's 24-10 loss to the Ravens, Portis used his radio airtime on WTEM-AM to accuse Zorn of sending mixed messages. He also sarcastically called Zorn a "genius," spoke of the possibility of severing ties with the organization and said of the coaching staff: "I don't think they know what they want me to do."
The Redskins (7-6) have lost four of five to fall to last place in the NFC East.
"It's all about losing," Zorn said. "Winning doesn't bring all of this out. Losing does. You know what remedies all this? Winning."
Pacman may miss season
Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones might miss the rest of the season because of a neck injury.
Coach Wade Phillips said Wednesday that Jones, who was injured early in the 20-13 loss at Pittsburgh, has a " herniated disk, maybe two," and will definitely miss Sunday's game against the Giants.
"The prognosis wasn't good for him playing this year, from our people," Phillips said. "They're going to see if maybe they can re-evaluate in a few weeks or they'll say you're not going to play this year. That's what we're looking at."
Jones was hurt in the first quarter Sunday when he fell on top of his muffed punt, getting caught in a scramble for the loose ball.
Giants refuse Plax bonus
The Giants have refused to pay suspended receiver Plaxico Burress a $1 million portion of a signing bonus from a contract signed in September.
NFL Players Association spokesman Carl Francis confirmed Wednesday evening that the Super Bowl champions decided to not make the payment, which was due Wednesday.
"We will file a claim in the appropriate forum to enforce his right to receive and keep the moneys entitled to him under his player contract," Francis said in an e-mail.
Giants General Manager Jerry Reese waved his hands earlier in the day when asked whether the team would make the payment.
Cassel's father dies
Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel left the team Wednesday to join his family following the death of his father earlier in the week.
"Our thoughts are with him and his family during this time," Coach Bill Belichick said before practice. "Right now we're just taking it day to day. He's going to take care of what he has to do."
Belichick said that Greg Cassel died Monday night and Matt has left the team to be with his family in Southern California. Belichick said he didn't know when Cassel would rejoin the team and be able to start Sunday against the Raiders.
Around the league
Lions: Detroit probably will be without starting quarterback Daunte Culpepper against the Colts. Culpepper did not practice Wednesday, three days after injuring his shoulder.
Bills: Quarterback Trent Edwards is in jeopardy of missing a second straight start because of a groin injury. Coach Dick Jauron said Edwards was held out of practice Wednesday because he is still experiencing soreness limiting his range of motion.
Vikings: Quarterback Gus Frerotte (lower back injury) did not practice, raising the possibility Tarvaris Jackson will return to the starting lineup Sunday against Arizona.
Colts: Indianapolis signed running back Najeh Davenport. Coach Tony Dungy had said Monday the Colts would add a running back if there was concern starter Joseph Addai could not play Sunday against Detroit because of a right shoulder injury.