NFL notebook

Notes: Redskins’ Griffin a game-day decision

Robert Griffin III practiced for the third straight day Friday on his sprained right knee, albeit again on a limited basis, and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

‘‘He keeps on improving every day,’’ Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. ‘‘He’s much better today.’’

Shanahan again he said he will wait until Sunday to reveal whether Griffin or fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will start. He said the quarterbacks might be informed of the decision Saturday night.


Griffin, the league’s top-rated passer, looked fine during Friday’s session as he stretched with his teammates and made a few throws during the 15 minutes reporters were allowed to watch. It would have been difficult to tell he was injured if it weren’t already known.

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Griffin sprained his lateral collateral ligament when he was hit by defensive tackle Haloti Ngata late in regulation in last week’s 31-28 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.

Fourth-round pick Cousins finished the game, throwing a touchdown pass in the final minute and running in the game-tying 2-point conversion.

Giants’ Bradshaw out

The Giants will play a critical game Sunday against the Falcons without their leading rusher. Giants coach Tom Coughlin confirmed that Ahmad Bradshaw will not play because of lingering knee and foot problems. With the team already missing their second-leading rusher Andre Brown (out for the season with a broken fibula), the Giants will turn to rookie David Wilson, who had a spectacular game against the Saints, as well as recent free agent signees Ryan Torain and Kregg Lumpkin. Wilson set the team’s single-game record of all-purpose yardage with 327 against the Saints and became the first player in NFL history to get 200 yards in returns and 100 yards rushing . . . Tim Tebow might not be done in the wildcat after all. Jets coach Rex Ryan reversed his position, saying the backup quarterback could possibly participate in the wildcat-style offense and on special teams at Tennessee on Monday night. On Thursday, Ryan said Tebow would be the backup to Mark Sanchez, but only in the conventional offense as he continues to recover from two broken ribs.

Bears’ Cutler to play

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler appears ready to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. Cutler went through a full practice Friday despite knee and neck problems and was officially listed as probable. The Packers can clinch the NFC North title with a win. The Packers, meanwhile, expect to have linebacker Clay Matthews back in the lineup for the game. He has missed the last four games with a hamstring injury . . . Cowboys defensive tackle Jay Ratliff may not play again this season after undergoing sports hernia surgery. Coach Jason Garrett said Ratliff will be out 3-6 weeks, meaning he would only have a chance to play if Dallas makes the playoffs . . . The Seahawks will be without starting cornerback Walter Thurmond (hamstring) against the Bills in Toronto on Sunday. Byron Maxwell or rookie Jeremy Lane will start.

Eagles hit bottom


In another miserable performance, the Eagles put together a year’s worth of blunders fit for a football follies video. A 34-13 loss to the Bengals on Thursday night featured four fumbles, one interception, and one punt blocked by a teammate. That brought the Eagles’ turnovers total to an NFL-high 34 in 14 games. They’ve only forced 12. Lucky for the Eagles (4-10) and their frustrated fans, only two games remain. ‘‘I was thoroughly embarrassed,’’ wide receiver Jason Avant said after another loss in front of a national television audience. ‘‘I don’t care if there were no cameramen there or if we were playing over at the University of Penn. So, never mind that it was on a national stage, it was just not good football that happened.’’ . . . Jets defensive lineman Quinton Coples was fined $15,000 by the NFL for grabbing the facemask of Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. Also fined were Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (15,750), Lions tackle Gosder Cherilus ($10,000), Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan ($10,000), and Bears cornerback Charles Tillman ($7,875).