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Thursday, December 13, 2012, 1:22pm
Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith grew up watching Broncos CB Champ Bailey, who first played for the Washington Redskins, blanket his positional predecessors. He says that he isn’t in awe of defenders of Bailey’s ilk -- that’s because he has been in the same locker room as Reed and linebacker Ray Lewis for nearly two seasons now -- but Smith still thinks it will be special lining up against Bailey, who could draw the assignment of covering him on Sunday.
“I remember him growing up. He was just a fast, play-making [cornerback], and he’s still the same guy,” Smith said. “I’m excited to play against him, but it’s weird. You watch him growing up and when you think of a shutdown corner, you think of Champ Bailey. I’m excited about the challenge. … He’s one of the greatest.”
In terms of QB rating, Champ Bailey is 17th in the league among CBs, so he'll definitely be a factor on Sunday. Smith is still a decent start, but the matchup is not good.
RG3 tests knee at Wednesday's practice
Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 12:35pm
Griffin's attendance Wednesday should not be interpreted as a clear indication of his status for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. His mildly sprained right knee will be treated and monitored throughout the week.
Griffin — wearing a helmet, cleats and a jersey like the rest of his teammates — practiced dropping back, planting and throwing short passes, which appeared to have their normal velocity. He even threw one pass from behind his back.
He ran in a straight line at a moderate pace and also shuffled his feet laterally in separate portions of the team's stretching session. He moved smoothly at times and gingerly at others. Griffin wore long pants, so whether he wore a knee brace was not evident.
Griffin intends to play through the injury, but may not possess his usual explosion. He may also be more inclined to throw from the pocket instead of taking off and running with the ball.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012, 5:50pm
Breathe easy Redskins nation, Robert Griffin III's father told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday that his son will start Sunday against the Cleveland Browns in a critical game for the Washington Redskins' playoff push.
The rookie quarterback's sprained right knee, suffered late in Sunday's overtime win against the Baltimore Ravens, has improved enough that the dynamic Redskins leader told his dad he intends to play in a bid to lead the Redskins to the postseason for the first time since 2007.
"He's doing great,'' Robert Griffin II told USA TODAY Sports. "He definitely said he plans to start. I haven't seen him (the last two days). But he told me (today) everything has gone well.''
We'll at least take this as a positive sign, although the team hasn't named any stater yet.
RGIII has mild sprain, day-to-day
Monday, December 10, 2012, 4:45pm
Shanahan said that the sprain to the ligament, which is on the outside of the knee, is a “Grade 1″ category, but that there is no other structural damage to the knee. Griffin tore his ACL in the same knee in 2009, but that ligament is fine, Shanahan said.
The team hopes the "mild swelling" goes down and that RGIII makes a speedy recovery and plays in Week 15 against Cleveland. It would seem he's likely to be limited in his rushing ability, but we'll have to monitor how he progresses through the week. If RGIII can't go, Kirk Cousins would play, but it sure seems like Griffin is really going to give it a go, especially with a playoff berth still a possibility.
Robert Griffin III suffers knee injury, ligaments OK
Sunday, December 9, 2012, 11:48pm
**UPDATED 9:21 p.m.: An MRI Sunday night showed no serious ligament damage, according to a team spokesman. Griffin's status for next Sunday's game at Cleveland is undetermined.**
Griffin's status for Week 15 is uncertain, but he claimed he's going to fight through the injury and play. Fighting through the injury would likely mean he'll be limited to some extent, perhaps his ability to scramble. Kirk Cousins would get the start if RG3 can't play, but it looks like there's a lot to be determined this week.