NFL notes: RGIII 'feels right,' practises normally
By JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency
|Team personnel escort Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) to the locker room after he was injured during the second half of their NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Landover, Maryland, October 7, 2012. (REUTERS)
Robert Griffin III practised normally on Wednesday, as he continues to show no ill effects from a concussion suffered Sunday against Atlanta.
“So far, so good,” Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said of his star rookie quarterback. “He had a good practice today. I thought he performed well. Each day we’ll monitor him and if he feels good, we’re gonna go with him.”
If not, the Redskins will turn the offence over to Kirk Cousins, another rookie.
RGIII spoke to reporters and admitted “it’s a serious issue,” but said he “felt fine when I left the locker room” after Sunday’s game.
“I went home, watched some TV and kinda just relaxed. I haven’t had any symptoms at all.
“Practice went good. I felt sharp. I felt good. No symptoms of a concussion: no dizziness or off-balance. I feel right today. We’ll see what happens come Sunday.”
That’s when Washington plays host to Minnesota.
CHEER THE CHIEF CONCERN
In Kansas City, everybody’s still discussing, debating and arguing about The Cheer.
It won’t go away.
Ya know, when some Chiefs fans at last Sunday’s home loss to Baltimore cheered when the Ravens rolled out the Unwelcome Matt – that is, struggling quarterback Matt Cassel.
Head coach Romeo Crennel had to address the matter again on Wednesday.
“Historically, the Chiefs fans are some of the best fans in the NFL,” he said. “There were some that expressed an opinion of frustration – that I have, that everybody else has had about this season. They expressed it probably not in the way that you would want it expressed, but you can’t paint that broad brush of 70,000 people because that wasn’t the case.”
That didn’t squelch it, though.
A few hours later, Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt felt compelled to release a statement that read:
“I know our fans. They are passionate, hardworking, loyal, educated football fans, and they are the heart and soul of the Arrowhead experience. They know cheering an injury to anyone in any stadium is unacceptable.
“I want to make it perfectly clear: A small few who may have cheered when Matt went down do not accurately represent the best fans in the National Football League. Period.”
Translation: “PLEEEASE KEEP BUYING FOOTBALL TICKETS!!”
As for the unfortunate Cassel and his concussion, Crennel said “he’s been getting a series of tests” with doctors, but was not been cleared to practise on Wednesday.
Backup Brady Quinn took Wednesday’s reps. Second-year backup Ricky Stanzi would back up Quinn should Cassel not be able to go in Tampa Bay.
AS THE JETS TURN ...
’Twas just another routine, uneventful day with the New York Jets on Wednesday:
-- The owner, Woody Johnson, told CNBC all kinds of insightful things. Such as the team should have done a better job blocking Houston’s J.J. Watt on Monday, that people shouldn’t look at beleaguered quarterback Mark Sanchez’s sub-.500 completion percentage and other woeful stats “too seriously,” and that backup QB Tim Tebow will be with the club “for three years.”
--The head coach, Rex Ryan, said this when asked why he indicated minutes earlier that Mark Sanchez would be the starting quarterback this week, instead of saying he’d be the starter for the rest of the year: “He’s our starter. What do you want me to say? I’ve put it, ‘He’s our starter this week. He’s our starter.’ You can go answer ‘A’ and answer ‘B’ and come up with ‘C’ I guess.”
--Both Ryan and guard Matt Slauson defended Slauson’s low ‘cut’ block on Houston linebacker Brian Cushing, which tore the ACL in his left knee, knocking him out for the year. “I feel bad Cushing got hurt. That wasn’t my intent at all,” Slauson told the New York Daily News. “I wasn’t trying to hurt him, obviously.” Ryan said the block was legal and wasn’t dirty.
NEWS AND NOTES
Alex Smith’s middle finger on his right throwing hand is just fine, he said Wednesday. Smith banged it up last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. “I think it’ll be fine,” he said Wednesday, in advance of Sunday’s NFC title-game rematch against the New York Giants. “Played toss a little bit yesterday, a little bit today. It’s one of those things, I think, the more you move it around, keep it going, it will get better as the week goes on" ... Speaking of middle fingers, backup Frisco running back Brandon Jacobs effectively shot one to his 49ers bosses, it appears. In an interview with USA Today, the former Giant – who has yet to play in a game this year, after hurting a knee in training camp – said he is frustrated “because I don’t know anything” about his place on the team. But, Jacobs said, “I’ve learned over the years when you open your mouth and say certain things, it hurts you, so I’m just going to shut up and keep working.” Er, you’re probably 24 hours too late on that one, Brandon. Jacobs is practising this week, head coach Jim Harbaugh said Wednesday ... Pittsburgh Steelers placekicker Shaun Suisham, the pride of Wallaceburg, Ont., was named AFC special-teams player of the week. Suisham was 3-for-3 on field goals in a 16-14 win over Philadelphia. His 34-yarder won the game as time expired. Suisham is now 8-for-8 on the season, and has a consecutive PAT streak of 85. The Steelers play at Tennessee on Thursday night. Linebacker LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) won’t play.