NFL notebook: Griffin to start; Pagano back next week

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It appears Robert Griffin the III is ready to go.

The Washington Redskins quarterback will start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after practicing for a second consecutive day Thursday.

"If there is no setback, doctors feel like he will be ready to go. There wasn't a setback today so that was good sign," Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said.

The rookie quarterback missed last week's victory over the Cleveland Browns with a sprained knee.

"Obviously he is not 100 percent yet. I think everybody knows that," Shanahan said. "But like I said, if there is no setback then he should be able to go (Sunday)."

---Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who has been on leave since Sept 26 when it was discovered he has leukemia, has been cleared by doctors and plans to return to the team for its final regular-season game against Houston next week.

Pagano will not be on the sideline Sunday in Kansas City, when the Colts can clinch a playoff spot. But all indications are he will be ready to report and fulfill all daily duties as head coach of the Colts beginning Monday.

Pagano has finished chemotherapy sessions, and whether he can return to the sidelines wasn't his decision to make, and his planned Christmas Eve return wasn't considered a certainty at midweek. Dr. Larry Cripe of IU Cancer Center told the Indianapolis Star there is no medical reason for Pagano not to return at this time.

---Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has received the most Pro Bowl votes from fans on NFL.com, the league announced Thursday.

Manning, who has 31 touchdown passes and has thrown for 4,016 yards for the AFC West champions, collected 993,045 votes. Fan balloting ended Dec. 17. Players and coaches, who will combine with fan voting to determine the Pro Bowl teams, will cast ballots Thursday and Friday.

The Pro Bowl teams will be announced the day after Christmas. The Pro Bowl is scheduled to be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu on Jan. 27, 2013.

---Buffalo wide receiver Donald Jones' breakout season came to an end this week, when the Bills placed him on injured reserve with an undisclosed medical condition.

Jones' finished with 41 catches for 443 yards and four touchdowns, similar to numbers from his first two seasons combined. He'll have to wait until next season to build on that success.

Also, the team said veteran linebacker Kirk Morrison has been re-signed to the team's 53-man roster. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. To make room, cornerback Leodis McKelvin was placed on Injured Reserve.
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