Portis among weekly NFL honorees

Dec. 10, 2003 at 1:06 PM
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NEW YORK, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Running back Clinton Portis of the Denver Broncos has been named AFC Offensive Player of the Week.

He was joined in the AFC by New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi (defense) and placekicker Mike Vanderjagt (special teams). The NFC honorees were quarterback Jeff Garcia of San Francisco (offense), safety Aeneas Williams of St. Louis (defense), and Green Bay placekicker Ryan Longwell (special teams).

Portis rushed for 218 yards on 22 carries and scored five touchdowns in the Broncos' 45-27 rout of Kansas City. He had 188 yards in the second half, and now is 52 rushing yards shy of becoming the third player in NFL history to post 1,500 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons, joining Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James of Indianapolis.

This is his first weekly honor.

Garcia completed 19 of 28 attempts for 252 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in the 49ers' 50-14 rout of Arizona. He also ran for two scores.

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