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Notes: Robert Griffin likely won’t play in preseason

Robert Griffin III, recovering from a knee injury, passed the Redskins’ conditioning test on the eve of training camp.
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Robert Griffin III, recovering from a knee injury, passed the Redskins’ conditioning test on the eve of training camp.

Robert Griffin III put on his knee brace and passed the perfunctory Redskins conditioning test on the eve of training camp in Richmond, then declared he has ‘‘nothing left to prove’’ — at least physically — in his return from major knee surgery.

That’s doesn’t mean he’s all the way back.

Griffin said Wednesday he won’t participate in 11-on-11 drills in the early days of camp and likely won’t play in any preseason games. The quarterback who likes to keep the throttle wide open is going to have to exercise a bit more patience as he and coach Mike Shanahan — who have shared blame for how Griffin got hurt — try to work together to get him on the field for the regular-season opener Sept. 9.


‘‘They want to make sure we’re not doing anything too soon that we don’t have to do,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘Let some of these other guys get ready for the preseason. If it comes around that I’m ready to go, then maybe in the third preseason game, but as far as my understanding, preseason’s really not even in the air. I think Coach feels like I can play without any preseason, so there no need really for that. Patience is the key.’’

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Griffin had reconstructive surgery on two ligaments in January after injuring his right knee multiple times in a playoff loss to the Seahawks. Team doctors and coaches cleared him for practice within the last week, setting a remarkable pace for a rehab that can typically take a year or more.

‘‘In my mind there’s nothing left to prove,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘And that’s the way you have to approach the game when you’re coming off of an injury. If you pass the test, then in your mind, you feel like you’re ready to go.’’ But Shanahan is determined to play it safe with his franchise QB.

Revis to practice

Darrelle Revis is expected on the practice field when the Buccaneers open camp.

The three-time All-Pro cornerback who’s the centerpiece of an effort to overhaul the NFL’s worst pass defense has been cleared medically to participate in some activities after missing most of last season with the Jets following surgery to repair a torn knee ligament.


The Bucs obtained Revis from the Jets for the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft, then signed him to a six-year, $96 million contract.

Tampa Bay reported for camp Wednesday. The first practice is Thursday, when Revis will be limited.

Bucs receiver Mike Williams reported and promptly signed a six-year, $40.25 million deal that he earned by outperforming the one he got as a fourth-round draft pick in 2010.

Some scouts rated him as a potential first-round prospect coming out of college, however many teams were reluctant to select him because of on- and off-the-field issues at Syracuse.

The 26-year-old had 63 catches for 996 yards and nine touchdowns last season.


The Bucs placed Olympic sprinter Jeff Demps, who was acquired from the Patriots, on the reserve/did not report list.

Sticking to script

In many ways, it was the same Von Miller: Diamond stud earrings, the retro, ’70s-style sunglasses, a casual way of breaking the ice as he sat down inside a suffocating semicircle of about 60 reporters and cameramen in Englewood, Colo.

‘‘Howdy, how’s it going?’’ he said.

Aside from those superficialities, the normally free-flowing Broncos linebacker never sounded more stilted and scripted than he did Wednesday, on the eve of Denver’s training camp.

Reporters directed 18 questions toward Miller, each angling at a different way of trying to get him to offer a detail about the drug case that will cost him the first four games of the season if he doesn’t win an appeal.

But the All-Pro, Denver’s leading sack man for the past two years, never budged.

‘‘Out of respect for confidentiality and out of respect for this being an ongoing situation, I can’t really touch on further details about it,’’ he said.

‘‘We are aware of the reports,’’ coach John Fox said. ‘‘But I can sit here and tell you as of right now when we start camp, every one of our players is eligible, there are no suspensions and that is the way we will start the season.’’

Whitner an ‘adviser’

Safety Donte Whitner already has spoken to 49ers teammate Ahmad Brooks ahead of training camp about the importance of making smart decisions off the field.

Last week, the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office declined to pursue assault charges against Brooks because of insufficient evidence in an investigation into allegations that Brooks repeatedly hit teammate Lamar Divens on the head with a beer bottle in a June altercation at Brooks’s home.

While Brooks wasn’t made available to media Wednesday when veterans for the Super Bowl runner-up Niners reported to team headquarters, Whitner insists ‘‘he’s tremendously sorry for what he did, anybody would be embarrassed.’’

General manager Trent Baalke wouldn’t say whether Brooks might face disciplinary action from the team.

Edwards on radar

According to an report, desperate for wide receiver help on the eve of training camp, the Jets are poised to re-sign Braylon Edwards for a third stint with the team. Edwards arrived Wednesday at the Jets’ Florham Park, N.J., facility for a physical, according to a league source . . . The Lions signed receiver Chaz Schilens, who had 28 catches for the Jets last season . . . First-round draft pick Bjoern Werner will make it to Colts camp on time this weekend. Werner, a defensive end at Florida State and the 24th overall pick in April, agreed to a contract, becoming the last of the Colts’ seven draft picks to do so. Werner got a four-year deal worth $7.896 million . . . Rookie cornerback Desmond Trufant signed a four-year deal with the Falcons for $8.16 million.

Sides talk HGH

The NFL and players union met in Washington in an attempt to reach agreement on testing procedures for human growth hormone as early as the upcoming season. Both sides already have closed in on conducting a population study that has been a key demand by the players before HGH testing is implemented. The labor agreement that ended the NFL lockout in 2011 requires the league gain union approval before testing players for HGH. The union says it favors testing, but has reservations about the appeals process. The union also has concerns about the way discipline will be handed out, and wants to collectively bargain that issue . . . If QB Jay Cutler wants a new contract from the Bears, he may have to wait until the end of the season. GM Phil Emery said he doesn’t see the Bears extending contracts this season . . . The legal entanglement of Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is not tying up his NFL franchise, the team’s top executive said. CEO Joe Banner said the federal investigation into fraud at Haslam’s Pilot Flying J truck-stop business has not hindered the club’s daily operations or impacted the owner’s vision for turning the Browns into perennial winners. Banner does not envision Haslem selling the team.

Rescue by Willard

Titans linebacker Jonathan Willard said he helped rescue a family from a burning vehicle on his way to Tennessee training camp. The rookie was driving on Interstate 40 Tuesday near Oak Ridge when he noticed a sports utility vehicle smoking. The Clemson product said he tried to get the driver to pull over when he saw flames shoot out the back. ‘‘As soon as I got to the car, I saw three small kids in the back seat and a dog,’’ Willard said Wednesday at the Titans’ headquarters in Nashville. ‘‘So I’m thinking, ‘Hurry up and get the kids. Hurry up and get everybody out and get them away from the car.’ You could see probably up under the engine, all that was still on fire. So I'm thinking that the car might go up anytime.’’ Willard said he handed an infant to the woman before pulling out another child. A second man who had stopped rescued a third child and the family’s dog, and they were able to grab the woman’s purse and a couple bags before the SUV exploded into flames minutes later. Willard stayed long enough for firefighters to arrive and put out the fire. A Tennessee Highway Patrol report shows the SUV of Cheri Hubbard of South Daytona, Fla., caught fire and burned Tuesday afternoon near mile marker 340. The investigating trooper told a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Safety that the witnesses already had left before he arrived and that Hubbard did not get the names of the men who helped.