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'Skins place Russell, Simpson on IR; sign RB Davis

The Washington Redskins have placed two players on injured reserve and are evaluating more than a dozen other injuries after their gutsy overtime win over the Tennessee Titans.

Rookie safety Anderson Russell (knee) and running back and kick returner Chad Simpson (foot) will both be placed on injured reserve, Mike Shanahan told reporters Monday.

Simpson set the tone for the day when he injured his foot in pregame warm-ups running a pass pattern.

The Redskins came into the game with three starters sidelined due to injuries, and running back Clinton Portis lasted only five carries before re-injuring his groin. 

At least seven Redskins were hurt, though some returned:

» Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after the game that Portis was unlikely to play in the team's Week 12 game against the Minnesota Vikings. The team is still awaiting results of an MRI exam. 

Portis acknowledged the possibility that he could miss the remainder of the season. "Is it possible? Anything is possible, bro, but who knows?" Portis told The Washington Post.

Shanahan also said running back Ryan Torain is likely to miss Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings.

» Shanahan said it was "98 percent certain" that safety LaRon Landry (Achilles) will miss the Vikings game. He was unsure if cornerback Carlos Rogers (hamstring) would return.

» Redskins starting center Casey Rabach suffered a second-degree tear in his right knee and the team will wait to see how he responds this week, Shanahan said. 

"It's tough, because you see your team out there in a tight game and you want to be out there, you want to help your teammates, you want to be a part of it," Rabach told The Post. "It's real tough to sit there and watch from the sidelines."

» Outside linebacker Lorenzo Alexander downplayed the severity of a hamstring injury suffered in the first quarter. Shanahan said Alexander is sore and will be evaluated during the week.

"If I had to go with my gut, I would think that it's not as serious as ones I've had in the past," Alexander told the newspaper. "I couldn't even stand on the sideline and walk around, it was so painful," Alexander said, describing a hamstring injury from a few years ago. "This one wasn't nearly as painful. ... I wanted to be smart. I didn't want to turn a week-or-two injury into the whole season."

» Veteran guard Derrick Dockery, who entered the game following Rabach's injury, suffered a knee injury. Dockery, who told The Post he suspects he injured his medial collateral ligament, will join the MRI crowd on Monday. "I was excited to get back out there," Dockery said. "I wanted to get the win. It's kind of disappointing, because I got hurt. Just got to find out the severity of the injury and move on."

*The Post* reports that the team will promote running back James Davis from the practice squad Monday, according to two league sources.

Davis was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the seventh-round of the 2009 NFL Draft out of Clemson. Davis had nine yards on four carries this season before his release by the Browns in October.

Shanahan said the team will sign a safety with the open roster spot.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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