NFL Notebook: Griffin III limited in practice, but improving
Robert Griffin III practiced for the third straight day on his sprained right knee Friday, albeit again on a limited basis, and is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
“He keeps on improving every day,” coach Mike Shanahan said. “He's much better today.”
Shanahan again he said he will wait until Sunday to reveal whether Griffin or fellow rookie Kirk Cousins will start. He said the quarterbacks might be informed of the decision Saturday night.
Belcher, girlfriend argued over paternity
The mother of former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher has told investigators her son argued with his girlfriend over their baby's paternity before he shot and killed her, according a report in the New York Post.
Cheryl Shepherd, Belcher's mother, believed “that there was an issue over whether (Belcher) was the father,” a source close to the Chiefs told the Post. “She said he (believed he) wasn't necessarily the father of the child.”
Belcher, 25, murdered Kasandra Perkins, 22, on the morning of Dec. 1 before committing suicide at the team's facility.
The couple's daughter, Zoey, is 3 months old.
ESPN analyst suspended
ESPN suspended First Take panelist Rob Parker following his offensive comments about Griffin III.
“Rob Parker has been suspended until further notice,” a network spokesman said. “We are conducting a full review.”
Parker, appearing on “First Take” on Thursday, was asked about Griffin's role as a black quarterback. Parker questioned Griffin's “blackness.”
“Is he a brother or a cornball brother?” said Parker, who is black.
Parker also questioned the quarterback's relationship with African-Americans.
“For me, personally, just me, this throws up a red flag, what I keep hearing,” Parker said.
Browns G Pinkston expects to play
Browns guard Jason Pinkston feels grateful to be alive following a health scare that ended his season.
Pinkston, a former all-Big East performer at Pitt, was hospitalized in October following a game against Cincinnati with blood clots in his lungs. The second-year player doctors told him if he had taken a hit in the game that “I could've probably died then so I'm all happy about it that I'm still here.”
Pinkston, speaking with reporters on Friday for the first time since getting sick, said he has been working out and plans to play next season. He said he feels “normal” and is looking forward to resuming his career.
Bears' Cutler eyes return
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler appears ready to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Cutler went through a full practice despite knee and neck problems and was officially listed as probable.
Giants' Bradshaw out vs. Falcons
Ahmad Bradshaw will miss the Giants game Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons due to lingering knee and foot problems.
Around the league
The Green Bay Packers expect to have linebacker Clay Matthews back in the lineup Sunday against the Bears. ... The Seattle Seahawks will be without starting cornerback Walter Thurmond (hamstring) against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Sunday, but wide receiver Sidney Rice (foot) is expected to play after returning to practice Friday. ... Miami Dolphins receiver Davone Bess (back) has been ruled out of Sunday's game against Jacksonville.
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