Griffin practices, on track to play
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced without limitation Wednesday and, barring any setbacks, appears on track to...
WASHINGTON — Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced without limitation Wednesday and, barring any setbacks, appears on track to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Still noticeably irritated about being held out of last Sunday's win over the Cleveland Browns, Griffin said he doesn't know when he will receive the green light from team doctors, but expects to start the crucial division game as the Redskins continue their push toward the playoffs.
"I always expect to play," Griffin said, an edge in his voice. "They're going to keep playing it by sight, come out, watch me and then figure out what they think the best progression is from here. ... I'm ready to play whenever they want me to play. So, if it's this week, next week, couple weeks — whatever they say goes. I'll be ready."
Coach Mike Shanahan injected the only note of caution in the ongoing debate over Griffin's status, saying at his daily news briefing that Griffin has not yet been cleared to play. Shanahan said he didn't know when the decision would be made, but pointed to the condition of Griffin's knee Thursday after his first full-speed action since the injury as an important indicator.
"What doctors will do is they'll evaluate him tomorrow. Hopefully there's no setback, no swelling through the knee," Shanahan said. "He'll be evaluated through the week, and when doctors tell me the ligament is ready to go, then I'll announce he's ready to go."
• New York Jets coach Rex Ryan said he still hasn't decided whether Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow will be the backup to Greg McElroy this week and that all three quarterbacks might be active against the San Diego Chargers. Tebow said he was "a little disappointed" that he wasn't made the starter. There were multiple media reports saying the Jets plan to shop Sanchez after the season and release Tebow.
• LeSean McCoy will start at running back for Philadelphia against Washington in his first game back after missing four because of a severe concussion. Quarterback Michael Vick also will be available this week, but he'll be the No. 3 QB.
• Drew Brees said he'd be "shocked" if Sean Payton ends up coaching anywhere other than New Orleans next season. The Saints quarterback said he's "not even thought for a second" that Payton might field offers from other teams because of the NFL's rejection of language in Payton's 2011 contract extension, leaving the coach's status in doubt.