NFL notes: Robert Griffin III awaits word from doc

The Redskins’ Robert Griffin III looks as if he could get the OK for the season opener.
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The Redskins’ Robert Griffin III looks as if he could get the OK for the season opener.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III could be cleared to play in the regular season when he meets with his surgeon Thursday night.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that Griffin will meet with Dr. James Andrews while the Redskins are in Florida for their final preseason game against the Buccaneers.

Even if Andrews gives the thumbs up, the final decision on whether Griffin plays in the Sept. 9 opener with the Eagles rests with the coach. Shanahan has said that even if Griffin is medically ready, the coach could see something in practice that might give him pause.


While Griffin has sat out the preseason, he’s moved well in practice and said Tuesday that he’s ‘‘not below 100 percent.’’

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‘‘You’re hoping he’s 100 percent,’’ Shanahan said. ‘‘The reason I'm a little iffy on that is I want to judge him every day. But I have not seen a setback; he looks good. I've seen much improvement from the first day to where he is now.’’

Griffin had reconstructive surgery on his right knee in January, a few days after he was hurt in the Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seahawks. He’s made a remarkable recovery, given the nature of the injury, and has not missed a day of practice.

With backup Kirk Cousins nursing a sprained right foot, the Redskins are again down to two quarterbacks — Rex Grossman and Pat White — for Thursday. Because Shanahan usually prefers not to play most of his starters and longtime veterans in the final preseason game, he plans to rest Grossman as well.

‘‘Pat White will play the entire game, unless he goes down. If he goes down, Rex will go in. If he goes down, I'm going in,’’ Shanahan said with a laugh.

Browns falling fast


For the second straight day, the Browns ended the season for one of their running backs.

Montario Hardesty was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, the latest medical setback for the former third-round pick whose promising NFL career has been sabotaged by injuries. Hardesty was slowed by a hamstring injury during training camp and returned to practice a few weeks ago only to dislocate his right thumb while trying to catch a direct snap from center. He underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Aug. 15. Hardesty missed his rookie season in 2010 after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in the final exhibition game, and he sat out part of 2011 with a calf injury.

The move with Hardesty came one day after the Browns put running back Dion Lewis on season-ending IR with a surgically repaired left leg. Also, the Browns released fullback Owen Marecic, a fourth-round pick in 2011. In addition, the Browns were awarded linebacker Paul Hazel from Jacksonville and punter Colton Schmidt from San Francisco.

Off the field, Browns wide receivers Greg Little and Josh Gordon pleaded not guilty to traffic violations and speeding tickets. Little, who has previously admitted driving 127 miles per hour in a 55-m.p.h. zone, has three outstanding citations.

Last week, he promised to slow down and abide by traffic laws. Gordon was ticketed twice for speeding, once for driving 98. Both players are due back on court on Sept. 10.

Carter done for year


Denver safety Quinton Carter landed on the season-ending injured reserve for the second straight year. Carter started 10 games as a rookie in 2011 and had interceptions in consecutive playoff games. But a torn right hamstring at an indoor practice the following summer led doctors to discover he needed surgery on his left knee. He played in just three games in 2012 before aggravating his surgically repaired knee and going on IR. The Broncos also placed center J.D. Walton on reserve/PUP. He had complications in his comeback from left ankle surgery . . . Inside linebacker Jameel McClain will miss at least the first six weeks as he recovers from a bruised spinal cord, forcing the Ravens to place the three-year starter on the physically unable to perform list because he still is working his way back from the December injury. NFL teams had to make their first round of cuts and get down to 75-man active rosters on Tuesday . . . Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was also placed on the PUP list and will miss at least the first six weeks of the season while he recovers from an ankle injury. The team also put guard Edmund Kugbila, its fourth-round draft pick, on injured reserve with a knee injury and waived defensive tackle Frank Kearse and wide receiver Joe Adams.

Dallas D-line dinged

Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff’s long absence just got a little longer. Ratliff, who turns 32 Thursday, was placed on the PUP list with hamstring and groin injuries. Ratliff missed offseason workouts and training camp after sports hernia surgery late last season. He missed 10 games in 2012 with ankle and groin problems. Ratliff has only two sacks since signing a seven-year, $49 million contract with $18 million guaranteed two years ago. He will have missed 16 of 22 games by the time he’s eligible to return Oct. 20 at Philadelphia. With Ratliff sidelined, the Cowboys could be forced to play the opener Sept. 8 against the Giants without both starters on the left side in their new four-man defensive front. Left end Anthony Spencer is recovering from knee surgery . . . Packers running back DuJuan Harris is out for the year after injuring his right knee last week against the Seahawks. Harris said he hurt the patella tendon and hoped to have surgery soon as he heads to injured reserve status. He hurt the same knee during the offseason . . . Also placed on the PUP list were Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (hip surgery), Bengals fullback Chris Pressley (knee) and quarterback Zac Robinson (elbow) , and Titans veteran receiver Kevin Walter (back surgery).

Boot for ‘Kickalicious’

Kicker Havard Rugland, the 28-year-old Internet sensation dubbed ‘‘Kickalicious,” lost a position battle to David Akers and was released by the Lions. Rugland made each of his three field goals during the preseason . . . Guard Lance Louis, who signed a $1.6 million, one-year deal with the Dolphins in March, was among nine players cut. The Dolphins also waived No. 1 fullback Jorvorskie Lane, signaling they’re likely to go with three wide receivers often this season . . . Giants receiver Victor Cruz shed the protective boot he’s been sporting on his injured left foot, and expects to play in the regular-season opener against the Cowboys Sept. 8 . . . Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o was out of the walking boot that has protected his sprained right foot since he was injured in the exhibition opener Aug. 8, although he hasn’t been cleared to practice. San Diego also placed fullback Chris Gronkowski (ankle) on IR . . . Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, recovering from a serious foot injury, practiced for the first time since last September, but is unsure if he will be ready for the season opener. The Jets signed former Pro Bowl kicker Dan Carpenter to compete with incumbent Nick Folk, and released Billy Cundiff . . . The Saints placed two linebackers on IR and another on the PUP list, forcing them to trade with San Francisco for outside linebacker Parys Haralson for an undisclosed 2014 draft pick. Junior Galette, who has a minor leg injury, and Martez Wilson, who dislocated his elbow early in training camp, will compete with Haralson for two starting jobs. But they have not played this preseason in coordinator Rob Ryan’s new defense and are unlikely to play before the Saints start the regular season at home against NFC South rival Atlanta Sept. 8.