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Portis, Sellers have “heated verbal exchange”

The Redskins running game has struggled all year, and frustration is beginning to boil over.

Clinton Portis and his fullback Mike Sellers reportedly had to be separated and restrained during a verbal altercation earlier this week at the Redskins team facility.

According to Jason Reid of the Washington Post, Sellers confronted Portis after hearing that Portis requested that Sellers be replaced during Washington’s win over Tampa.

Sellers is in his sixth season with Washington and the problems apparently stemmed from a failed fourth-and-goal play against the Lions in which Sellers blew his assignment. Portis reportedly asked the coaching staff for blocking tight end Todd Yoder to replace Sellers during the Bucs game.

Reid references a source that no punches were exchanged and it was just a case of “players blowing off steam.”

That may very be true to an extent, and we understand that things can get heated between co-workers, especially during a game. But this incident happened a day after the game, and it’s more than just a receiver wanting a ball more from his quarterback.

Portis reportedly wanted Sellers benched.

That’s threatening a man’s livelihood, and ultimately his wallet. It’s also a man whose job it is to sacrifice his body to make Portis’ life easier.

That kind of slight has to be difficult to swallow, especially now that both players will be asked about it in the coming days and weeks.