Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 2/17/12

Following a one (and a half) year hiatus, Clinton Portis is ready to resume his NFL career.

Per NFL.com, Portis, after receiving the green light by private doctors, plans on returning to football in 2012, and a “handful of teams” have already shown interest in the former Broncos and Redskins running back, his agent, Jason Fletcher, said Thursday.

Fletcher will meet with the interested parties during next week’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Portis’ last NFL action came in 2010, when he played just five games before a groin injury ended his season — and eventually his career in Washington.

The former All-Pro back admitted he “was heartbroken” after the Skins cut him loose last year, but has since put those feelings behind him and is now out to prove he’s still got it.

“I’m ready to go back, ready to work things out and I’m open to idea of going out to prove that I can still play,” Portis said. “I just turned 30 and with nine years in the NFL and six 1,000-yard seasons that’s enough right there to show what I can do. I’m just ready to go prove to whatever team that’s ready and willing to open the doors to go out and prove it.”

At one time, Portis was considered elite, earning 2002 Offensive Rookie of the Year honors and two trips to the Pro Bowl. However, injuries have long been his Achilles heel, and prevented him from developing into a truly great player.

With diminished talent and inevitable rust, Portis, if he indeed returns, would likely be viewed as nothing more than a third-down option. And that’s assuming he avoids the injury bug — no easy task considering his history and age.

But, hey, if Randy Moss can do it, and Terrell Owens can do it, why can’t Portis?

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