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NFL roundup: Redskins' Griffin thinks he might play Sunday

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If Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III gets to make the final call whether he plays in Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, there's little doubt No. 10 will be behind center at Browns Stadium.

"I feel like I can play through any injury," Griffin said Wednesday. "Does that mean I'll play on Sunday? We'll see."

The Redskins would start rookie backup Kurt Cousins, who led Washington to an overtime victory last week, if Griffin's sprained knee -- a Grade 1 sprain of the lateral collateral ligament -- keeps him on the sideline.

"I've got better every day. Sunday night I thought there was no chance I could play next week," Griffin said.

Washington has won four consecutive games to reach 7-6, second in the NFC East behind the New York Giants (8-6).

Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that Griffin was "definitely not" ruled out.

Earlier in the day, Griffin was limited in practice and moved with a limp. He has mild swelling, according to Shanahan, and is receiving treatment several times a day.

---Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant intends to play with a broken left index finger Sunday against Pittsburgh.

Bryant, who was injured in the Cowboys' win over Cincinnati last Sunday, was scheduled for an examination on Wednesday to determine whether he could play with the finger in a splint, ESPN reported.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he's leaving the decision up to Bryant.

---The Cowboys have placed nose tackle Josh Brent, who is facing intoxication manslaughter charges in the death of teammate Jerry Brown, on the non-football injury-illness list.

The move allows Brent to remain with the team and have access to the training facilities and receive support, ESPN reported. It also frees a roster spot for the Cowboys to sign another player.

--- Rookie Ryan Lindley will be the Arizona Cardinals' starting quarterback in Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, coach Ken Whisenhunt announced Wednesday.

John Skelton started last week's 58-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He threw four interceptions before being replaced by Lindley.

Lindley has played in five games this season, including two starts, both of which the Cardinals lost. He has completed just 48.3 percent of his passes with no touchdowns and five interceptions. He has a 42.6 quarterback rating.

---The Cardinals placed quarterback Kevin Kolb on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday.

Kolb led the Cardinals to a 4-0 start before he was sidelined with a rib injury in a game against Buffalo. Arizona has spiraled downward with nine straight losses in Kolb's absence.

---New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw did not practice Wednesday and his status for Sunday's game at the Atlanta Falcons is uncertain.

Bradshaw's practice time is routinely monitored due to a chronic foot issue, but he also suffered a sprained knee in the Giants' 52-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints last Sunday.

"I'm not going to rule him out of anything," coach Tom Coughlin said Wednesday. "I'm not going to talk about the percentages or anything like that. You can speculate on that, knowing full well what the injury is"

---Quarterback Michael Vick and running back LeSean McCoy will not be back in the backfield for the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night against Cincinnati and the offense also will be missing tight end Brent Celek.

The team officially ruled out Vick and McCoy, who both are recovering from concussion symptoms. Vick and McCoy passed their concussion tests on Monday and joined the Eagles for non-contact drills Tuesday, but doctors did not clear them for game action.

Celek suffered a concussion in the Eagles' win over Tampa Bay on Sunday.

---The Eagles plan to put defensive Mike Patterson on the non-football injury/illness list for the rest of the season and reduce Patterson's pay, ProFootballTalk.com reported Wednesday.

Last week, Patterson was hospitalized with viral pneumonia, but by putting him on the illness list, the Eagles can exercise their discretion regarding paying Patterson. They plan to pay Patterson, according to the report, but not the full amount of his contract.

-- The New England Patriots announced they have re-signed wide receiver Deion Branch.

Branch, 33, was originally selected by the Patriots in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft.

He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 11, 2006, but then reacquired by the Patriots in a trade with Seattle on Oct. 12, 2010.

Branch was released by the Patriots on Aug. 31 of this season, then re-signed on Sept. 19 before being released again on Nov. 17.

--- The Green Bay Packers are likely to get linebacker Clay Matthews back for Sunday's game against the Bears, but probably will not have wide receiver Jordy Nelson.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday the plan is for Matthews to play Sunday. Matthews has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury. He has nine sacks in nine games this season.

McCarthy said it is a "longshot" that Nelson will play Sunday. He aggravated a hamstring injury against the Vikings on Dec. 2 and missed Sunday night's 27-20 win over the Lions.

---Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will attempt to practice this week, less than a month after he sustained a broken forearm and underwent surgery, The Boston Globe reported.

He has missed three games since he was injured in a Nov. 18 victory over Indianapolis. The Patriots have all three during his absence in convincing fashion.

---The Chicago Bears are apparently concerned enough about the health of quarterback Jay Cutler that they brought in two quarterbacks for tryouts.

Josh Johnson and Stephen McGee worked out for the Bears on Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Cutler suffered a neck injury in the Bears' loss to Minnesota on Sunday. The injury didn't appear serious, but Cutler also missed time this year with a concussion.

---Denver linebacker Wesley Woodyard is planning to return Sunday for the Broncos' game in Baltimore.

Woodyard sat out last Thursday night's game at Oakland, Denver's eighth consecutive victory, with a sprained left ankle that he suffered Dec. 2 against Tampa Bay.

---Linebacker Eric Bakhtiari was signed to a two-year contract by the San Francisco 49ers.

The former University of San Diego star and San Mateo, Calif. native appeared in three games for the 49ers earlier this season.

---Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe says his campaign to get Ray Guy into the Pro Football Hall of Fame has cost him.

In a tweet from Kluwe on Wednesday, he reported that the NFL fined him $5,250 for putting a Post-It note over the 50th anniversary Hall of Fame patch on his jersey to lobby for Guy during Sunday's game against Chicago. Kluwe said the fine was for altering his uniform. The patch read "Vote for Ray Guy."

---In a countermove to protect players from attempts by teams to force them to sign waivers as a precondition to team doctors prescribing the strong painkiller Toradol, the NFL Players Association filed grievance Tuesday against NFL clubs and the NFL Management Council.

The grievance, filed by the NFLPA on behalf of the players, demands an order from the arbitrator that nullifies all previously executed liability waivers involving the use of Toradol and mandates that physicians cease and desist requiring players to sign such releases as a condition of receiving appropriate medical treatment, according to a statement released Wednesday by the NFLPA.

Toradol is not a banned substance in the NFL, but it can cause long-term kidney, liver and gastroinstestinal problems.

--- The San Diego Chargers announced Wednesday they have re-signed running back Curtis Brinkley and added linebacker Gary Guyton to the active roster.

Brinkley had been with the Chargers for the first 11 weeks of the season before he was released Nov. 29. He played in seven games with one start.

He has rushed 29 times for 60 yards this season and caught nine passes.

To make room for the two players on the roster, the team placed defensive end Vaughn Martin (groin) and safety and special teams player Darrell Stuckey (hamstring) on the Reserve-Injured list.

--- Carl Johnson, who is the NFL Vice President of Officiating, has agreed to become the NFL's first full-time on-field game official, the NFL announced Wednesday. He will begin his duties as a full-time official next season.

Johnson will continue to lead the NFL Officiating Department through Super Bowl XLVII.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement enables the NFL to hire some officials on a full-time basis. Johnson will be the first person to serve in this full-time capacity.
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