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NFL Notebook: Redskins wary of RG3’s knee

The NFL notebook …
ASHBURN, Va. — Get ready for another week of RG3 guesswork.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that he’s still waiting for a thumbs-up from the doctors before declaring that Robert Griffin III can return to game action.

The rookie quarterback sprained the lateral collateral ligament his right knee in last week’s win over the Baltimore Ravens and missed Sunday’s 38-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns.

“We’re going to play Robert when he’s 100 percent,” Shanahan said. “When that ligament’s fine, when the doctors feel there’s no chance for injury that he can go out there and perform at that level in a game situation without injury, we’re going to go with our starter.”

The sprain was mild, and Griffin made a case for staying in the lineup when he moved well in practice late last week. Shanahan waited until Saturday night to announce that backup Kirk Cousins would make the start and said he taking the doctors’ advice.

Fellow rookie Cousins performed well in his first NFL start, completing 26 of 37 passes for 329 yards with two touchdowns and one interception.

FLETCHER’S FAMILY
ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher on Monday blamed security workers at Cleveland Browns Stadium for a confrontation that led to the arrests of several of his relatives during his first NFL game in his hometown.

A report from the Cleveland Police Department, however, blamed what it called a “riot” on the fans who were arrested, saying a security official was punched and knocked to the ground while trying to escort an unruly spectator from the stadium.

Fletcher said four of his family members were arrested and still in custody as of Monday afternoon. Cleveland police spokeswoman Detective Jennifer Ciaccia said five people were arrested for assault on a police officer, aggravated rioting and resisting arrest and that they had not been officially charged by Monday evening.

Fletcher said he had about 50 friends and family at the stadium for Washington’s 38-21 win at Cleveland on Sunday. He said they were harassed because they were wearing Redskins colors, but he said the fracas apparently began when a security official was asking how the large group had acquired such good seats.

“Really what led to the ruckus was something that happened with stadium security — where they’re supposed to diffuse the situation, they were more instigators or they didn’t diffuse the situation,” Fletcher said. “It wasn’t even with the fans at that point in time. I think one of the stadium workers, I don’t know, he went overboard with what his job responsibilities were.”

END ZONE MILITIA
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots silenced their “End Zone Militia,” taking the muskets away from the Revolutionary War re-enactors who fire into the air to celebrate every score.

The memory of the Connecticut school shooting was still too fresh for the sight of firearms and the smell of gunpowder.

Two days after 20 children and six adults were shot to death at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., NFL fans gathering in stadiums across the country honored the victims’ memory with periods of silence and reflection. Some teams darkened their scoreboards and lowered their flags to half-staff, while others wore helmet decals or black ribbons.

EAGLES
PHILADELPHIA— Philadelphia Eagles Chairman Jeffrey Lurie says the news on Garrett Reid’s possession of steroids is “disappointing.”

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli announced Monday that an investigation into the fatal heroin overdose in August of Eagles coach Andy Reid’s oldest son revealed there were steroids in his room the day he died.

SEAHAWKS
RENTON, Wash.— As they flew back from Toronto, nearly every person on Seattle’s charter was glued to what was happening in New England — watching to see if the Seahawks could be playing for the NFC West division lead this weekend.

San Francisco didn’t play along with that story line, beating the Patriots.

Still, Seattle coach Pete Carroll says Monday that his team will have no trouble getting focused for the 49ers. The Seahawks are coming off a 50-17 rout of Buffalo and that followed a 58-0 win over Arizona, making Seattle the first team since 1950 to score 50 or more points in consecutive weeks.

URLACHER ON BOOING
CHICAGO — Brian Urlacher took a shot at the Soldier Field fans after Green Bay all but ended the Bears’ playoffs hopes 21-13: “Our crowd was pretty good today for the most part. They were loud for a minute there, the boos were really loud, which is always nice.”

“The only team in our division that gets booed at home is us,” Urlacher said. “It’s unbelievable to me.”

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