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NFL: Redskins' Griffin selected Rook of the Week

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been selected by fans as the Pepsi Max NFL Rookie of the Week and FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week for Week 1, the NFL announced Friday.

Griffin, 22, dominated in leading the 'Skins to a 40-32 road win over the New Orleans Saints, in his first career NFL start. He completed 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, with no interceptions. He also became the first player in league history to throw for 300-plus yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in an NFL debut.

---Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Thomas Howard is done for the season with a torn ACL in his knee.

The injury occurred during Thursday's practice.

Howard was the Bengals' leading tackler last season and turned in a strong effort in Baltimore in Week 1. The 29-year-old was in the final season of a two-year, $6.5 million contract.

"It was an unfortunate thing anytime a player like Thomas, a young talent, gets hurt," head coach Marvin Lewis told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "You have to move on. It's a freak thing that happens but we were lucky to get (Roddrick) Muckelroy back here this morning and get going from there."

---New York Jets All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis practiced on a limited basis for the first time Friday since he sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of the win over the Bills last week, though he will miss Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Revis, tight end Dustin Keller and linebacker Bryan Thomas won't make trip to Pittsburgh, coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Friday. For Revis. this is only the third he's missed game in his NFL career.

"Revis was cleared for non-contact practice and he did that," said Ryan, who added Revis was not cleared for contact. "We followed NFL protocol this week and we'll always follow NFL protocol when it comes to concussions. Darrelle is ruled out for the game, so he will not play. He will not travel to the game."

Revis was held out of practice Wednesday and Thursday, but did light running and weightlifting. He will likely be replaced by Kyle Wilson, who made 11 starts in his first two seasons, but has yet to live up to the expectations he had as a first-round pick in 2010.

"I've seen a guy that really over the last two years, he spent time with Darrelle in the offseason, training with him and learning football from (him)," Ryan said of Wilson. "That tells you about Kyle's commitment. He wants to be a great football player and why not learn from the best, and that's exactly what he does. I've seen him become a better player. He's aware of what offenses are trying to do (and) how they're trying to attack. His technique, he relies on his technique more than he used to. He's a smart, tough, confident player."

Revis' absence creates a trickle-down effect that impacts the Jets' ability to shut down the Steelers. Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown each racked up 1,000 receiving yards last year and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's ability to wriggle out of seemingly certain sacks allows him to find Wallace or Brown for big plays.

"He's a big guy that shakes off tackles, so you have to do a tremendous job of tackling," Ryan said. "On the back end of the play, you can never assume the play is over. You have to do a great job in your coverage and plastering receivers down the field. You have to do that because time and again he makes huge plays, whether he's throwing it deep this way (or) across the field."

While Revis is recognized as the best shutdown corner in football and a likely future Hall of Famer, Wilson is best known for whiffing on Victor Cruz during Cruz's 99-yard touchdown catch last Christmas Eve. Wilson said Wednesday he feels as if he is a sharper and better player than he was a year ago and that he's ready to step in for Revis if needed.

"I feel better now than last year," Wilson said. "Going into my third year, I should be better. My goal is to just get better over time.

"I'm a lot smarter. I use my experience to my advantage. Over time, I just continue to work on things."

---Indianapolis Colts linebacker Dwight Freeney is out for Sunday's game against the visiting Minnesota Vikings with an ankle injury, first-year coach Chuck Pagano announced Friday.

Freeney injured the ankle against the Chicago Bears early in the season opener.

"Dwight is out. It's an ankle. He's day-to-day," Pagano said, according to the team's website. "You know, someone's going to step up and fill in. (We) hate not playing with Dwight (Freeney)."

Pagano said that Pat Angerer will fill in as the starter in place of Freeney.

Pagano also announced that wide receiver Austin Collie is doubtful for Sunday's game. Collie is still recovering from a concussion he sustained during the team's second preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

---Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith says he has received a $21,000 fine for kicking Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito in a Week 1 win.

Smith, who missed two practices this week with a sore right ankle, told reporters he was retaliating when Incognito tried to twist his ankle after a whistle.

Smith said he plans to appeal. He was also assessed $7,500 last year for yanking off Baltimore Ravens' guard Andre Gurode.

---The Philadelphia Eagles could be without wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who are listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Baltimore Ravens.

Eagles coach Andy Reid told reporters Friday that he both are game-time decisions.

Also, wide receiver Riley Cooper was scratched with a broken collarbone, further weakening the depth at the position.

Jackson injured his hamstring during Wednesday's practice. Maclin suffered a hip injury on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, and hasn't practiced the past two days.

---Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is interested in signing quarterback Tony Romo to a contract extension, and has conducted preliminary talks toward that goal, according to an ESPN.com report.

Romo's salary-cap charge doubles to $16 million next season, which is a likely factor in the Cowboys' motivation to get a deal done. His contract expires after the 2013 season.

While it's tough to imagine Romo in another uniform, a deal could take a while to complete, according to NFL.com and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

"There's nothing really going on," the source told Rapoport.

---Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is out this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks with an ankle injury.

Ratliff also missed the season opener last week against the New York Giants. Josh Brent will start again in Ratliff's place.

"He's making progress. He's getting better every day and trying to do more and more," coach Jason Garrett told the Dallas Morning News. "He's done a real good job with his treatment and his rehab. We're hopeful as it goes he'll get some work in practice and be back sooner rather than later."

Center Phil Costa will also miss Sunday's game with a back injury. He has had back problems since training camp and left the game against the Giants early. Ryan Cook, who replaced Costa, will start in his place against Seattle.

---Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas did not practice Friday and was listed on the team's injury report as out against the Oakland Raiders with a concussion.

Thomas was injured in the season opener at the Houston Texans. That means Reggie Bush should get the bulk of the carries for an otherwise inexperienced Miami backfield.

Defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (knee) is also out on Sunday.

---Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Brandon Flowers took part in practice all week and is expected to make his season debut at Miami on Sunday after being medically cleared.

Flowers has been out since suffering a foot injury July 31, and with backup Jalil Brown also out last week that forced Jacques Reeves into the starting lineup.

"I think the more they can do, the better we can feel about them," Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said of Flowers and Brown on Friday.

However, how much of a workload Flowers can potentially handle after being sidelined six weeks remains to be seen.

"I think that you have to kind of temper it and know that conditioning will be a factor, and if the guy is able to play, you may have to monitor his reps," Crennel said. "Then, some of that will depend on how the game goes. Probably asking him to play 100 plays would not be the thing to do, but if you can mix in here and there and give him a break now and then, then maybe he can get through a game."

---Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore has practiced this week and is expected to make his season debut at Miami on Sunday with a limited number of plays.

Moore has been sidelined since suffering a hamstring injury Aug. 4, and the team held him out of the season opener. With Jacoby Ford potentially headed for injured reserve due to foot surgery, Derek Hagan was signed last week and played a significant role against San Diego, so Moore's return is important for the Raiders.

However, he won't play a full number of snaps as the team tries to ease him back into the receiver rotation. Moore had 33 receptions last season, when he played in 13 games, including 10 starts.

While coach Dennis Allen indicated this week that the Raiders would consider adding a wide receiver, general manager Reggie McKenzie said it won't be Terrell Owens, Plaxico Burress or Chad Johnson.

"It's not just (their) age," McKenzie told the San Francisco Chronicle. "If the right player could add to the group . . . we just didn't feel that those three were the right ones. Clear and simple. If I felt like they could have added something to what we were doing, I would have strongly considered it."

Allen was asked about the possibility of bringing in Johnson earlier in the week.

"I wouldn't specify him specifically as there's interest there. We're going to look at everybody that's available and if we feel like there's somebody that can help us and give us a chance to be better and help this team win, then we're going to do that," Allen said Tuesday. "If he fits that category, then I wouldn't rule anything out."

---Washington Redskins safety Madieu Williams, Cincinnati Bengals safety Taylor Mays and Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore were each fined $21,000 this week for hits to opposing players' helmets, according to NBC Sports' Pro Football Talk.

Williams' fine came on a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham on Sunday. Mays' fine resulted from a helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson on Monday night. Moore was levied a fine for unnecessarily striking Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the head and neck area on Sunday.

The $21,000 fines are the standard amount for hits to the head or neck area of a defenseless receiver, per the NFL's Collective Bargaining Agreement.
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