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RG Three Days And Better?

Thursday, December 13, 2012


It’s not a quantifiable unit of measurement. Who’s to say what’s enough? Enough steak? Enough coffee? Enough Men Without Hats?  

You just know when enough’s enough.

Wednesday, Robert Griffin III knew he did enough in practice. "I did enough to give myself the confidence to push it tomorrow and Friday.” Griffin went on to say he can plant and throw without issue, and that he feels “a lot better” than he did Sunday.

Although he occasionally ran “gingerly,” he appeared “smooth” by nearly every account. Griffin allowed he may have to wear a brace against Cleveland, but that’s no big deal for the No. 2 overall pick. It’s something he did his entire sophomore season at Baylor.

So nevermind what coach Mike Shanahan says over the next 72 hours, and not just because he’s openly admitted he’s going to drag out the “will he or won’t he” soap opera with his rookie quarterback for as long as possible.

Griffin is going to play against the Browns — a team that likely could have traded up for him in last April’s draft, but chose not to — and he’s going to play well. He may not be able to do everything that’s made him an overnight superstar, but he’s going to do enough. Enough for the Redskins, enough for fantasy owners, and most importantly, enough for Robert Griffin III.

As The Dez Turns

RGIII isn’t the only budding superstar mulling playing through injury this week. There’s also Dallas’ Dez Bryant (broken left index finger), who missed Wednesday’s practice to meet with doctors.

Bryant’s situation is far murkier than RGIII’s. Although Bryant has said “they'd have to break my leg to keep me out,” it remains unclear who has the final say over his Week 15 status. According to ESPN Dallas, playing through the injury could “cause permanent stiffness.” That, of course, would make it much harder for the still only 24-year-old receiver to catch passes, both now and forever. Forget what it means for his future quality of life.  

Owner Jerry Jones has said the decision is up to Bryant, but coach Jason Garrett was more diplomatic, taking some of the pressure off his third-year receiver. "We just need to get more medical information about how to handle the situation right now, the best way to handle it for now and for the future."

Typically, when a player wants to play, he plays. That, coupled with the fact that every game is a must win for America’s Team — not the World’s Team — from here on out means we’ll likely see Dez in the huddle against Pittsburgh. His status will be updated this afternoon.

Roddy and Jordy

Two star receivers missed practice Wednesday. Jordy Nelson’s absence was mostly expected. Roddy White’s? Not so much. However, it’s Nelson who’s a “longshot” to play in the words of his coach, and White who is in little danger of missing Week 15.

Coach Mike McCarthy had been hopeful Nelson would be ready to return for Sunday’s critical showdown with the Bears, but admitted yesterday it probably isn’t going to happen.

White, meanwhile, caused a minor stir when he missed Wednesday’s session after undergoing an MRI, but coach Mike Smith later deemed the issue “minor” and said White should return this afternoon.

Whereas Nelson is having increasingly more trouble with lower-body injuries, White has never missed a game in his eight-year career. He’ll be ready to roll against the Giants.  

Sid...You Kid?

Known as one of the most injury-prone players in the league, Sidney Rice appeared to be working on a new reputation this season, appearing in all 13 games despite absorbing brutal, seemingly concussion-inducing hits in back-to-back games.

Alas, the other shoe finally dropped on Wednesday, as Rice was a surprise absentee from Seahawks practice with a foot injury. Supposedly, it’s just a “bruise,” but Rice is in a walking boot, and coach Pete Carroll is “uncertain” about his Sunday status.

Although Rice has 72 hours for his “bruise” to heal, his history leaves him as anything but a sure thing for Sunday’s showdown with the Bills, and makes him a dicey WR3 for the second week of the fantasy playoffs.

Thursday Night Football Quick Slants: Each of Michael Vick (concussion), LeSean McCoy (concussion) and Brent Celek (concussion) have been ruled out. All three should be back for Week 16, though Vick won’t reclaim his starting job from Nick Foles, while McCoy will find himself in a timeshare with Bryce Brown.

Quarterback/Pass Catcher Quick Slants: Danny Amendola (heel) was limited in Wednesday’s practice. It’s an upgrade on last week, where he was “DNP” on Wednesday ahead of sitting out his second straight game. … Cecil Shorts (concussion) has been medically cleared, and is ready to roll against the Dolphins. Before missing Week 14, Shorts was averaging five catches for 88 yards in seven games since the Jaguars’ bye week. … The coin said “heads,” so Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt is starting Ryan Lindley over John Skelton. … That’s because Kevin Kolb (ribs) was placed on injured reserve. It’s possible Kolb has missed his final game for the Cardinals. … Rob Gronkowski (broken arm) didn’t return to practice, and is unlikely to play before Week 17. … Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said some weird stuff about Steve Breaston. … Davone Bess (back) missed practice. His status will be updated this afternoon. … Demaryius Thomas (shoulder) is practicing in full this week. … Jay Cutler (neck) missed Bears practice, but has guaranteed he’ll start against the Packers.   

Running Back Quick Slants: Adrian Peterson needs to average 134 yards rushing over his final three games to eclipse 2,000 for the year, and 169 to break Eric Dickerson’s single-season record. … Ray Rice (hip pointer) was limited in Wednesday’s practice, but should be fine for Sunday. With new play-caller Jim Caldwell likely to make a point of featuring Rice against the Broncos, he remains an elite RB1. … Ahmad Bradshaw has been diagnosed with a sprained knee, and is highly questionable for Week 15. Don’t expect him to get in any practice reps this week, while his status will likely come down to the wire. Don’t forget that he played through the injury in Sunday’s win, though. … Darren McFadden (ankle) is practicing in full this week.

JWebb Nation: It’s a low tariff, open-border society. A revolving door, if you will.  

According to Greg Hardy, Matt Bryant is “weird shaped.” 

Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for He can be found on Twitter .
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