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NFL: Redskins' RG3 cleared for practice

Published July 22, 2013 5:18 pm

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

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

The two sentences represent hurdles past and future. Even though Griffin says he has the medical OK, it is now up to coach Mike Shanahan to 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 Redskins have cleared Griffin to practice.

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.

Around the league

49ers • Cornerback Eric Wright failed his physical with the San Francisco for unspecified reasons, nullifying a trade to bring him to San Francisco from Tampa Bay. He was subsequently released by the Buccaneers. The 49ers appeared to have acquired the former second-round draft pick from Tampa Bay on Friday in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2014. Shortly thereafter, reports surfaced that Wright had been arrested a week earlier in Los Angeles on a misdemeanor DUI charge.

Broncos • All-Pro linebacker Von Miller insisted Monday he did nothing wrong in the face of reports he could miss four games for violating the NFL's drug policy. Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth said the team would not comment on the penalty, which could be overturned by an appeal.

Jets • New York signed quarterback Geno Smith, their second-round draft pick, to a four-year contract that is worth about $5 million. Smith, drafted 39th overall in April, is competing with incumbent Mark Sanchez for the starting quarterback job. —

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