There was a major sigh of relief at Redskins Park on Wednesday when Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced and showed...
ASHBURN, Va. — There was a major sigh of relief at Redskins Park on Wednesday when Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced and showed no effects from a mild concussion.
Barring any unexpected setbacks between now and Sunday, Griffin will start against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.
“It’s a serious issue, but I felt fine when I left the locker room” after being injured in Sunday’s game against Atlanta, Griffin said. “I went home, watched some TV and kinda just relaxed. I haven’t had any symptoms at all. Practice went good. I felt sharp. I felt good. No symptoms of a concussion: no dizziness or (feeling) off-balance. I feel right today. We’ll see what happens come Sunday.”
Against the Falcons, Griffin was hit by Atlanta linebacker Sean Witherspoon while scrambling on third-and-goal in a 7-7 game, which the Redskins lost 24-17.
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While Griffin, the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft, has been doing well since last Sunday, coach Mike Shanahan limited his participation in Wednesday’s practice — even though quarterbacks wear gold jerseys to prevent them from sustaining contact.
“So far so good,” Shanahan said. “He had a good practice today. I thought he performed well. Each day we’ll monitor him, and if he feels good, we’re gonna go with him.”
Fujita scolds Goodell
BEREA, Ohio — With as much purpose as any tackle he’s ever made, Scott Fujita delivered a shot to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Angered by Goodell’s handling of the New Orleans Saints’ bounties scandal, Fujita accused the commissioner of misusing his power, questioned his record on player safety, and the Browns linebacker vowed to keep fighting to clear his name.
“The commissioner says he is disappointed in me,” Fujita said. “The truth is, I’m disappointed in him.”
On Tuesday, Goodell reduced Fujita’s three-game suspension to one.
• Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Brady Quinn, a former first-round draft pick, will make his first start in almost three years against the Buccaneers in Tampa, Fla. Matt Cassel has not been medically cleared to participate and did not practice.
Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel didn’t rule Cassel out of Sunday’s game, but given that the NFL demands caution with players who have suffered a concussion, as Cassel did last week against the Baltimore Ravens, that appears to be a formality.
• Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson, who has 71 of the team’s 111 carries, was put on injured reserve because of a sprained left foot, but was designated to return. He must sit out eight games before he can play again, though he will be eligible to practice after six weeks.
• The Carolina Panthers said Pro Bowl center Ryan Kalil is out for the season after suffering a torn ligament in his left foot against the Seahawks.
• Buffalo Bills defensive end Mark Anderson will have surgery on his left knee and will be out indefinitely.