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Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback for Washington in opener, coach says

Robert Griffin III will start at quarterback in Washington’s opener against visiting Philadelphia on Monday, coach Mike Shanahan confirmed.

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ASHBURN, Va.– So much for those “concerns.” RG3 is starting the opener.

Washington coach Mike Shanahan finally confirmed Monday what has appeared inevitable: quarterback Robert Griffin III will be under center for the regular-season opener against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles.

“I feel very good where Robert’s at,” Shanahan said. “And he’ll be our starter on Monday night unless there’s some crazy setback that we don’t anticipate.”

The coach declined to disclose the “concerns” that caused him to delay the announcement for several days after Griffin, who has a surgically repaired right knee, was medically cleared by Dr. James Andrews.

Ex-Hawk Wallace joins Packers

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Newly signed quarterback Seneca Wallace is going to have to brush up on Green Bay’s playbook in a hurry to get ready to back up Aaron Rodgers for Sunday’s opener in San Francisco.

The Packers signed Scott Tolzien to the practice squad. Both QBs were with the 49ers before getting picked up by Green Bay.

“I think any time players are (from) a former organization, there’s always (a thinking that) immediately they’re going to tell you everything about the 49ers, but they are more focused on preparing,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said.

Wallace, 33, was a Seahawk from 2005 to 2009.


• The New York Jets signed quarterback Brady Quinn, 28, who was cut by the Seahawks on Saturday. Rookie Geno Smith from West Virginia appears likely to start at QB for the Jets in Sunday’s opener against Tampa Bay.

Veteran QB Mark Sanchez is recovering from a right-shoulder injury and didn’t practice Monday.

• New England cut QB Tim Tebow on Saturday, but coach Bill Belichick wouldn’t rule out bringing him back this season.

• Pro Bowl defensive tackle Geno Atkins, 25, got a five-year, $55 million contract extension from the Cincinnati Bengals.

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