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Portis officially retires

ASHBURN, Va. — There was no "Southeast Jerome" or "Bro Sweets." Clinton Portis has a new title for himself: "soccer dad."

Portis formally announced his retirement Thursday, frequently shedding tears as he spoke uninterrupted for some 25 minutes about his life and nine-year NFL career with the Denver Broncos and Washington Redskins.

The 30-year-old Portis last played for the Redskins in 2010, and his announcement was timed to coincide with his induction into a list of the franchise's all-time greats.

He set Washington's single-season rushing record in 2005, the same year he wore costumes on a near-weekly basis during the team's playoff drive.

Portis said the costumes were "fun to do" and helped his teammates get through a special season.

Holmes ‘confident' he can play this week

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — The New York Jets might be getting their No. 1 wide receiver back sooner than expected.

Santonio Holmes is "confident" he could return this weekend from a few injuries that sidelined him for the Jets' first two preseason games. He says his bruised ribs, tightness in his back and hamstring issue — all on his left side — are "clearing up."

Holmes, wearing a red no-contact jersey Thursday for the third straight day, ran some routes with the first-team offense. He says while playing Sunday would be an important part of the offense progressing, he doesn't think he and quarterback Mark Sanchez have lost any of their chemistry. He adds: "I think Mark just misses smiling at me on the field."


Smith out with injured foot

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers' five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Steve Smith was held out of practice again Thursday with an infection in his left foot.

Smith wasn't present at practice as Carolina worked with simulated crowd noise in preparation for Sunday night's preseason game at the New York Jets.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Smith is being treated with antibiotics and he'll wait until Friday to make a determination on whether or not Smith will play this week. Rivera says if there's any doubt at all about Smith's foot that he'll hold him out.

Rivera says he doesn't know — nor does he want to know — what caused the infection, saying "the least I know, the better off (I am)."

Irsay: Team is working on ‘serious' trade

INDIANAPOLIS — Colts owner Jim Irsay says his team is seriously contemplating a trade — a deal that could possibly include a high draft pick.

On Thursday, Irsay wrote on Twitter that "serious" trade winds are blowing though he also noted that often times these deals fall through. Later, he Tweeted that new Colts general manager Ryan Grigson isn't afraid to roll the dice and that the owner was willing to open his checkbook.

Those two posts followed an earlier one that read simply: "TRADE WINDS BLOWING"

Irsay has not provided any indication of who the Colts might be trying to get, though their two biggest areas of need are cornerback and offensive line.

Grison and coach Chuck Pagano have repeatedly said they will do anything they can to improve the team.

-- The Associated Press

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