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Notes: Mixed signals on Redskins’ Robert Griffin III

Griffin’s father, Robert Griffin II, told USA Today his son will be ready to go Sunday.

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Griffin’s father, Robert Griffin II, told USA Today his son will be ready to go Sunday.

It’s going to be quite a week waiting on Robert Griffin III’s knee.

The intrigue over the status of the league’s top-rated quarterback took a twist Tuesday morning when Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon went on national television and said that Kirk Cousins will start in place of Griffin this week against the Cleveland Browns.

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‘‘We have Kirk starting,’’ Garcon said during an interview on ESPN. ‘‘We have to play well around Kirk so Kirk doesn’t feel like he has to try to save the team.’’

Given a chance to backtrack, Garcon added: ‘‘We have to prepare for the worst.’’

Either Garcon was spilling the beans, or he was merely making an assumption on his own. The fact that it generated plenty of debate shows the type of phenom RG3 has become in such a short time.

Teammates were quick to indicate that no such announcement about Griffin or Cousins has been made to the team. Guard Chris Chester said he hadn’t heard ‘‘anything about it either way’’ and that Garcon’s statement was ‘‘probably a guess.’’

Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said the team had no comment, other than to reiterate that coach Mike Shanahan addressed the matter Monday and will give an update when practice resumes Wednesday.

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Meanwhile, Griffin’s father, Robert Griffin II, told USA Today his son will be ready to go Sunday. “He’s doing great,’’ the elder Griffin told the newspaper. “He definitely said he plans to start.’’

Brent attends service

The Cowboys paid tribute to Jerry Brown at a private memorial that included Josh Brent, the player charged with intoxication manslaughter in the one-car accident that killed his teammate. Quarterback Tony Romo, owner Jerry Jones, and other players and staff arrived at the service at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the team would ‘‘support Josh 100 percent in every way that we can.’’ . . . Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who shot and killed his girlfriend before taking his own life earlier this month, was laid out in an open silver casket surrounded by displays of family snapshots at a church in Dix Hills, N.Y., where hundreds of mourners gathered at a wake to remember him. The funeral will be held Wednesday.

Mendenhall out

The Steelers suspended running back Rashard Mendenhall for conduct detrimental to the team. Mendenhall was inactive for the last two games after fumbling in a 20-14 loss to Cleveland on Nov. 25. Mendenhall didn’t play this season until Oct. 4 while recovering from offseason knee surgery. He strained his right Achilles the following week against Tennessee and never regained a firm hold on the starting job . . . Braylon Edwards is back with the Jets — a week after bashing them. The veteran wide receiver was awarded to New York off waivers from Seattle as the Jets try to bolster their injured receiving corps. Edwards defended quarterback Mark Sanchez after coach Rex Ryan was contemplating making a change at the position. Writing on Twitter, Edwards said, ‘‘I played there. Blame the idiots calling shots. Mark is a beast and will [prove] it when given a proper chance.’’ . . . 49ers special teams ace Demarcus Dobbs’s season is over after he was placed on injured reserve with a right knee problem.

Gould out for year

Chicago kicker Robbie Gould will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left calf, another blow to the struggling Bears with a big NFC North showdown coming up Sunday against the Packers. The Bears placed Gould on injured reserve Tuesday and signed veteran kicker Olindo Mare to a one-year contract. Green Bay can clinch the NFC North with a win Sunday . . . Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy returned to practice after missing several weeks with concussions, and both players could be active when the Eagles host Cincinnati on Thursday night . . . The Bills placed running back Fred Jackson, sidelined by a sprained knee, on injured reserve and promoted defensive tackle Jay Ross to the 53-man roster . . . Ravens rookie cornerback Asa Jackson was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Jackson played the past three weeks on special teams after being inactive for Baltimore’s first 10 games.

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