RGIII clears one hurdle in comeback from injury

McClatchy news servicesJuly 23, 2013 

Robert Griffin III has passed a major test toward his goal of playing in Week 1, getting the go-ahead from team doctors days before the Washington Redskins open training camp.

“Doctors cleared me to practice,” Griffin announced Monday on Twitter. “Coach is going to ease me in.”

The two sentences represent hurdles past and future. Even though Griffin says he has the medical OK, coach Mike Shanahan must determine how often and how vigorously Griffin practices when the Redskins open camp Thursday in Richmond, Va.

The Redskins had no comment on Griffin’s tweet. However, a person familiar with the situation said the team has cleared Griffin to practice. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club has not made an announcement.

Still, it seems more likely than ever that Griffin will be under center when

the Redskins open the regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sept. 9, just eight months after he had reconstructive surgery on his right knee.

“It’s great news,” right guard Chris Chester said. “I’m really excited about it. It’s a great chance to continue from where we left off last year.”

Griffin led the Redskins to their first division title in 13 years and was chosen the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year, but he missed one game after spraining the lateral collateral ligament, then reinjured the knee at least twice more in January’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He had surgery a few days later to repair the ACL and LCL.

REPORT: BRONCOS LB FACING DRUG SUSPENSION

Broncos linebacker Von Miller insists he has done nothing wrong in the face of reports he could miss four games for violating the NFL’s drug policy.

“I know I did nothing wrong,” Miller tweeted. “I’m sure this’ll be resolved fairly.”

ESPN first reported the pending discipline for Miller. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the possible penalty to The Associated Press. The person did not want to be named because the league hasn’t announced any punishment.

HGH TEST IN WORKS

The NFL and players union are talking again about getting a test in place for human growth hormone as early as the 2013 season.

An email obtained by The Associated Press from the NFL Players Association indicates that the league and the NFLPA have jointly hired a doctor to conduct a study on NFL players to determine a good threshold for a positive HGH test.

The email was sent by the union to players, in part to explain that the study requires them to have blood drawn during their physical when training camps begin.

EXTRA POINTS

Patriots coach Bill Belichick is scheduled Wednesday for his first media availability since tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested on murder charges. … Cornerback Eric Wright failed his physical with the 49ers, nullifying a trade from the Buccaneers, who subsequently released him. … The Jets signed former West Virginia QB Geno Smith to a four-year deal worth about $5 million. … The Jaguars waived rookie QB Jordan Rodgers — the younger brother of Packers star Aaron — who missed most offseason workouts after surgery to repair a sports hernia. … The Texans signed first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins, a former Clemson receiver.

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