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NFL Roundup: RGIII cleared by doctor, not coach

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Robert Griffin III has been medically cleared to start the Washington Redskins' regular-season opener on Sept. 9. So will the quarterback take the first snap against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1?

Stay tuned.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan drew out the drama four more days, saying he wants to talk to Griffin over the weekend and will "let you know which direction we're going to go" on Monday.

Griffin met with Dr. James Andrews in Tampa on Thursday before the Redskins' 30-12 preseason finale victory over the Buccaneers, and the surgeon cleared RG3 to return to game action seven months after right knee surgery.

"Operation Patience....Complete. Cleared." Griffin tweeted Thursday.

--Giants running back Andre Brown sustained a fractured left leg in New York's preseason finale against the New England Patriots on Thursday night.

Brown was hurt late in the second quarter and limped off the field. X-rays determined a fracture in the same leg that was broken last season.

The 26-year-old Brown was expected to split carries at running back this season with David Wilson after rushing for 385 yards and eight touchdowns on 73 carries in 10 games last season for the Giants.

--Quarterback Mark Sanchez has a deep right shoulder bruise and is not expected to be ready to play in time for the New York Jets' regular-season opener, sources told

If Sanchez isn't ready for Week 1, rookie second-round pick Geno Smith would be the starter. Smith, who has been recovering from a sprained ankle, did not play in the Jets' preseason finale Thursday night.

--Minnesota Vikings offensive guard Seth Olsen left the field on a stretcher in the second quarter Thursday after a collision with Titans linebacker Scott Solomon.

Olsen, a fourth-year veteran who started four games last season, gave the crowd a thumbs up before the stretcher entered the locker room area of the Metrodome's Mall of America Field.

Video replays appeared to show Olsen being inadvertently kneed in the head by Solomon as Olsen attempted to execute a low block.

--Seneca Wallace had a short window to win the San Francisco 49ers' backup quarterback job. He shut that window Thursday, telling the team he has decided to end his comeback attempt.

Wallace, signed last week, did not suit up for the team's preseason finale at the San Diego Chargers. The nine-year veteran faced an uphill battle to make the team after Colt McCoy restructured his contract last weekend and with the team likely to keep rookie B.J. Daniels as the third quarterback or on the practice squad.

--The New England Patriots took issue with the Rolling Stone report on Aaron Hernandez, saying that the story contained factual errors.

Patriots president Jonathan Kraft addressed some of the claims that involved Hernandez, the team's former tight end, and coach Bill Belichick in an interview with 98.5 The Sports Hub in Boston.

Kraft said Belichick never told Hernandez to find a place to protect himself from shady characters with whom he surrounded himself, that Hernandez never told the coach that he feared for his life, or that Belichick threatened to cut him from the team.

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